A clothing line born of inspiration from New Zealand is now made in Nashville, TN — and crafted with wool grown in Wyoming, Oregon and Colorado. The purpose of this three-year-old line has been to create timeless, sustainable clothing that will look great for years to come. After Han Starnes studied textiles and fashion in NZ, she and her husband, Brock, moved back to the States to start her namesake clothing line, Han Starnes.
After a few years, Han’s production outgrew the space in the couple’s East Nashville home, so Han and Brock looked to the structure in their own backyard. “We built this studio in our backyard. When we moved into our house a few years ago, this was an existing structure — only a concrete slab and metal frame. We used it as a screened-in porch for the last two years, but this year decided to finish it off and make it my design studio,” Han says. “I designed the whole buildout and selected the materials. We decided to keep the existing structure as much as possible and design around it. Before we moved in, the space was previously used as a car mechanic workshop.” The couple transformed this previously mechanical outbuilding into 500 square feet of creative inspiration. The white walls, floors and furniture mixed with wood tones, vintage machines, and impeccably made garments is an aesthetic that has the Han Starnes brand written all over it.
Han’s studio has allowed her to carry out the vision for her minimalist clothing line more than ever. “We believe that the objects we choose to surround ourselves with and the clothes we wear matter,” she says, “and thus care deeply about the materials our garments are made of and how they’re produced. We are interested in creating a connected experience for the people who make and wear our pieces.” This backyard studio follows suit with the brand’s care-driven mission statement, creating a better product — and as Han hopes, a better life — for their consumers. –Lauren
Photography by Laura Dart