Susan Cianciolo is an artist and clothing designer with extensive experience in design, production, and instruction. She studied fashion design in New York and Paris at Parsons School of Design and painting at Winchester School of Art. In her design career, she has acted as production director for Kim Gordon’s X-Girl clothing line and assistant collection designer at Badgley Mischka. Her RUN Collection, based upon the concept of collaboration, emphasized a certain skill or craft with each collection. She worked with Cone Denim on a full collection of pieces using their archives. The collaboration included shows in New York and Los Angeles and coincided with the release of her book, The Woman of The Crowd. Susan has also showcased her work in film with “1960’s Butterfly Girl.” She has also taught at Parsons School of Design in the Integrated Fashion Design Curriculum. She continues to show regularly on the New York fashion calendar and maintains a strong base of private and retail clients. An accomplished illustrator, Susan’s work is exhibited in museums around the world.
Kenlynn Wilson hand produces each piece of knitwear for her line, ONE OF Collection, on non-mechanized knitting looms. The goal is to design beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces that are sustainably made and of impeccable quality.
All yarns are carefully sourced: organic alpaca from Pennsylvania, organic cotton from California, and wool/silk and organic wool yarns from one of the oldest remaining textile mills in the United States. The hunt for responsibly-harvested cashmere brought Kenlynn to Mongolia where she hand selected cashmere and camel yarn processed after direct collection from nomadic families.
In addition to ONE OF Collection, Kenlynn founded Embodies, a boutique in Marin, California, dedicated to showcasing fellow designers who have a sustainability story and produce their products in the USA. Her background is diverse: professional ballet dancer, industrial design student at RISD, textile student of traditional handicraft and practitioner of integrative body mechanics. It all shows through in her knitwear.
MAKESHIFT @ The Standard Talks
Thank you to everyone who braved the rain and came out last night for MAKESHIFT at the Standard Talks. On behalf of myself and all of the panelists, we appreciate everyone’s enthusiastic response to MAKING.
It was a beautiful evening. As a group, we crafted a song and sang together , finger-knitted, and shared our ‘worn stories.’ Throughout the day, we will share some of our MAKESHIFT moments here.
Andrew Wagner, our charismatic MC, led the discussion at The Standard Talks. His team at Krrb created an accompanying video of the participants, which played throughout the evening as we discussed our work and how MAKING is an integral part of all creative, design, and fashion industries.
Check back today as we continue to recap the night.
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Again, thank you to all of our panelists and guests. Look for much more to come from MAKESHIFT this week!