exquisitely re-imagined with an entirely
new fitted vest structure.
@utopia.us x Dickies Blank
Canvas Overall Vest
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
About the Maker
“So there’s a healthy competition in these areas to help designers and artists push each other forward.”
When Andrew Burgess first got into designing his own clothes back in 2016. Working with minimal hardware and supplies, he’d find inspiration in thrift stores.
“Everyone’s path is different, and I always say it’s a marathon, not a sprint. You can never fail if you never give up.”
Making things has always made Amber Griffiths happy. She's used her designs to explore how beautiful—and how weird—our bodies can be. “I’ve got a number of medical conditions,” she says.
“Being a maker means I can begin to understand myself in every way possible.”
Raised by hippies, Kayla grew up within the music festival scene, where she was constantly surrounded by beautiful, bright colors.
“It’s not about how many customers or followers you have,” she says. “It’s about the creation of something that is all yours.”
As a graffiti and street artist at 12 years old, Nii-Armah began a passion for making what would eventually turn into a profession.
“My pieces follow the rhythm of life, movement, and nature because I grew up in nature, and this is where most of my inspiration comes from.”
For Corky, being a maker is an escape from the real world. But it’s also her portal back to it. She attributes being a mother to the development of her art and creativity. “Children are always coming up with random thought prompts, which lead to new ideas,” she says.
“But every person is a maker, really.“
Choi's built a business around his rock and roll aesthetic, focusing on vintage remakes inspired by music, architecture, nature, travel, and more. “The element of my inspiration is a small seed,” he says.
Initially fashioning garments out of bedsheets, Robin evolved his upcycle approach to other fabrics once social media took notice of his unique style and unfiltered personality. “I try to give fabrics another use,” he says.
“It’s the fabric that gives me the inspiration for whatever piece I make.“
In 2016, Shinichiro started his apparel brand KUON. Inspired by old Japanese fabrics, Shinichiro hin tries to present Japanese culture and aesthetics by using borrowed or traditional Japanese techniques.
“I wanted to connect with society,” he says, “through sharing what I love.”
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