Model Savannah Bloomberg Photography by Scott Sprague
One of my favorite things about starting this blog has been exposure to new, fabulous, designers and their collections. Although in this case Emily and her work have been known in Detroit for sometime, she’s now designing in a new direction. Emily Thornhill is a suburban native, a graduate of IADT-Detroit, and one of the co-founders of the line Femilia which I have always loved.
Her latest endeavor, which has been part of our city for a few seasons now, is the very contemporary and chic line; Homeslice. It’s a sexy, modern, and wearable womenswear collection that you’ll love. I love Homeslice for its simple elegant lines and silhouettes. To me it’s the kind of design that should be along side Maiyet or Haider Ackermann at Barney’s New York. I’m just thrilled to say that these designs are from Detroit! I would wear everything in her collection, and feel comfortable anywhere I went. But perhaps the best part about Homeslice is not simply that its fabulous, but it’s actually locally produced and sustainable.
Model: Savannah Bloomberg Photography by Scott Sprague
Emily puts it this way:
“I created Homeslice on the premise that I could do what I love and in the process support American suppliers, create employment opportunities and set the stage for what a wholesome, ethically empowered company looks like. We like to shed light on what people are really contributing to when they buy corporate owned brands with unethical practices. My fabrics are sourced from the states and grown organically, meaning without pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. Each piece is hand produced by real Detroiters in a sweatshop free environment, in the city proper.”
There are many brands that claim they’re made in Detroit but look at the label next time you shop, I bet you’ll be surprised. When we support our local designers and crafts people we can be proud of what we, as Detroiters, can accomplish. In a city where so many people wouldn’t buy a “foreign” car if their life depended on it, it pains me to see so many who couldn’t care less about where (or how) their clothing is made. Homeslice hires locals and manufactures locally. It’s not the easiest way to do business, but it makes a difference in our community.
The care that goes into Emily’s designs and work shows. The soft, natural organic fibers offer a lovely contrast to her asymmetric, even jagged edged silhouettes. This collection is a perfect representation of Detroit. The city that is so rugged and worn yet also an inspiring symbol of sustainability and the future. Like Detroit, Homeslice will no doubt have many great seasons to come. I wish Emily and all of the fabulous people who work with her the best!
Model Diana Villegas Photography by Scott Sprague
Look for Homeslice’s Autumn/Winter 2013 collection in their upcoming show at Fashion in Detroit on March 10th 2012:
To find Homeslice on the Internets:
Check out her website; Homesliceclothing.com
Like her on Facebook: Facebook.com/Homesliceclothing
Follow Twitter: @Homeslicecloth
Thanks again for reading!