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In the Studio with Sarah Waldo

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I had the pleasure of meeting with local Providence designer Sarah Waldo, whose line of organic childrens clothing has been covered by Daily Candy, Rhode Island Monthly, Cookie and Small Magazine, just to name a few. Sarah, a Cape Cod native, attended Parsons in NYC and majored in Fashion Design. She knew she wanted to focus on childrens clothing and since Parsons didn’t have a program for it, she created one. Although she was the only student in the programs first year, it had already grown to 10 students by the second year. What a great lesson in creating opportunities to do what you love.

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While in school, Sarah worked for the childrens wear design department of Ralph Lauren and later, for the upscale childrens wear company, Kule. With all of her knowledge, she decided to launch her first collection in the spring of ’08 and it was met with rave reviews! Sarah is extremely dedicated to creating clothes that not only raise the bar on childrens fashion, but also better the world. All of her clothing is made with organic fabric and low-impact, plant based dyes. All production takes place in the USA, right in Fall Rivers, MA. It is important to Sarah that she personally knows the people creating her clothing and can rest assured they have fair wages and benefits. It is incredibly refreshing to see her dedication to producing products of extraordinary quality.

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During our visit, she let me snoop around her studio and it was darling- great inspiration boards, amazing fabric stashes and fantastic views of the whole city out the large windows of the old loft building. It would hard not to be inspired in those surroundings!

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[photo above from sarah's recent wedding! photography by Orchard Cove Photography]

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marjorie

her stuff looks gorgeous! adore that beatrice dress in particular; i’ll look for it in nyc. as a native RIer, i think it’s nice to see an artist who did NOT go to RISD choosing to live in my homeland.

oh, but it’s fall river, not rivers. (pronounced RIVAH in vo dilan-ese, incidentally.)

euni

I loved this feature! I know D*S doesn’t focus on fashion, but I hope there will be more posts such as this one. I love hearing about great fashion designers that are environmentally and politically conscientious.

bmommy

Wow, I really loved the pictures on this post. Her life really seems to be surrounded by beautiful things and lots of love. Simply wonderful.
Great post…I hope my blog will look this well done on day, too.

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