Combine textiles, social expression and passion with intricate garments and unconventional thinking and you’ll get the sewing due, who formed The Moon, a slow fashion boutique were clothing is cultured and not just a commodity.
Business partners Cassidy Hope Wright and Cory Gunter Brown, are two women with a nitch for designing wearable art that is unique, creative and renewable.
Slow fashion has been described as trans-seasonal attire that was made for extended years of wear, with all materials organic, recycled or fair trade.
Adili, one of the first ecological fashion websites, wrote that Slow Fashion is a “mentality that involves thinking about provenance and buying something that won't look unfashionable after one season.”
Both designers are from the East Bay and although they were childhood acquaintances, it wasn’t until their adult lives that they collaborated to form The Moon, whose name was derived from letters that formed the title of Cory’s relatives dance studio.
Cassidy, 22, attended California College of the Arts in Oakland to study illustrations and textiles, while Cory, 28, ventured to New York at Pratt Institute, where she discovered her dislikes about the fashion industry and how she could incorporate her own ideas.
While on the East coast, Cory, worked in costume shops making clothes. From her experience there she has been able to produce nonconforming styles of apparel. One of her most memorable designs was a frontless gown she prepared for a client, which included pasties to don. She remarked how it was not “cheap and charity” looking, but was appealing and tasteful for the type of event it was worn at.
Cassidy, enjoys crafting jewelry, making stuffed animal clothing, buttons, pattern making and designing t-shirts. She also sees the emotional durability of clothing. ‘If you care about it, you’ll mend it,” when it starts to wear down.
At The Moon, everything is hand made and is a one of a kind. One can bring in a sentimental piece of clothing or cloth and have a beautiful dress, top, coat or just about anything made. “We can make it into a special garment that you will really like,” said Cassidy.
This East Bay boutique is hidden within a huge warehouse like building on 24th street between Broadway and Telegraph and hours are by appointment only.
For more information on The Moon, visit: www.themoonoakland.com