Hackwith Design House – The Core Closet
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The Core Closet - Hackwith Design House
Innovators in the world of fashion and textile are building a dam against one of the largest industries on our planet: fast fashion. A quiet cry has been rising, a cry for more ethical and sustainable methods of apparel manufacturing and has been led by small batch makers and handmade designers around the world. These batch makers and handmade designers have a simple and collective goal: to create long-lasting staple items for consumers as a solution to the cycle of fast fashion.
One woman helping to lead the charge in Minnesota, a state known for being green, is Lisa Hackwith, founder and lead designer of Twin Cities-based Hackwith Design House. Lisa’s fashion collections consist of wardrobe essentials, capsule items with a simple and clean aesthetic, each created with quality fabric in her St. Paul studio. The Hackwith Design House mission is to create comfortable, easy-to-wear clothing that makes women feel both timeless and beautiful, and in our opinion, they’ve accomplished that and beyond.
What sets Hackwith and other small-batch designers apart is their intent on pulling only quality fabrics and producing items in-house. For Lisa, the secret is to “find fabrics that are sustainable while still being beautiful. So many fabric suppliers blend their fabrics with cheaper, unsustainable polyester, but we are doing our best to find fabrics that are good for the environment while still being lovely.” She looks for fabrics like 100% cotton (preferably organic), 100% tencel, 100% linen, wool, mohair, and rayon.
Lisa’s message and mission are being heard throughout the world. Her lines have made their way into shops all throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico and even across the ocean to Switzerland! HDH is one of the many local design houses making waves in both the fashion industry and the sustainability sect, two worlds that are very quickly colliding.
Creating a Capsule Wardrobe
Many of these slow fashion houses like HDH encourage consumers to create a capsule wardrobe of just the essentials. Building a small wardrobe of well-made, everyday staples is an way to cut down on apparel waste. How can you do this? The first step is to declutter items (clothing or otherwise) that don’t bring you joy or don’t serve purpose. The next step is to slowly curate and collect your capsule closet. Creating a capsule closet or staple wardrobe means shopping with longevity in mind, choosing items that won’t quickly go out of style, and focusing the quality of the fabric and quality of the production.