Feral Childe founders Alice and Moriah first met (back in the 20th century) over a sink full of broken eggshells they were hired to wash for an art installation. The fast friends imagined creating a compact wardrobe for their new lives in New York. In their next day jobs, each worked in an office and faxed the other drawings and ideas every morning. In their off-hours, the pair scoured downtown for uncommon fabrics, tried their creations on each other, and draped and slashed at the clothes until they were satisfied. Alice and Moriah made up stories to go along with the results of this wild and untamed creative process and called it FERAL CHILDE. Taking their outfits to the streets, passersby stopped them on subways and in stairwells, asking where they could buy such clothes. Feral Childe's playful silhouettes and curiously elegant tailoring quickly gained a devoted following, at home and abroad, among young and old, traditionalists and renegades. Today FERAL CHILDE is represented by independent-minded retailers throughout North America and in Japan.
Each piece in the collection has been designed with sustainability in mind, and meets at least two or more of these standards:
- use of natural fibers such as organic cotton, hemp, Tencel, Cupro, linen and silk
- use of upcycled fabrics (ex. batting made from recycled PET soda bottles)
- use of mill-end fabrics (also referred to as reclaimed, vintage deadstock, overstock; these are production leftovers from other designers and manufacturers, and the source of our wool coating, nylon mesh, or novelty weaves)
- manufacture in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and the Garment Center, New York City
- conscientious application of printing and dyeing (less water-intensive digital printing for the silks; water-based silk screening; low impact dyes; use of domestic printers (Los Angeles, San Francisco) and dyehouses in Marin County and in Brooklyn)
- responsible disposal of production waste: leftover yardage is offered to other independent designers, and remnants are sent to a textile recycling facility, donated to crafters and schools, or recycled into accessories and trim for future collections
- use of vintage deadstock buttons or those made from natural materials such as shell or tagua nut
- produce to order based on our wholesale orders, to avoid overstock and excess inventory; this way, you are also guaranteed that each Feral Childe piece is part of a limited run.
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