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Upstate Spring 2011

Multifunctional Shibori-dyed garments from a nascent Brooklyn label

by Ami Kealoha
on 30 September 2010

Inspired by "Lindsey Thornburg's capes, complex geometries, Aboubakar Fofana, Suno, and the old rolling hills of upstate New York," the indie brand Upstate's latest collection continues to explore the controlled chaos of tie-dye.

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Where the Brooklyn label's debut collection was limited to items like scarves and sarongs, their upcoming season sees multifunctional garments, like an asymmetrical poncho and a racerback vest, all hand-dyed using the ancient Japanese technique of Shibori.


The upshot is a series of pieces perfect for layering and draping, instantly making any basic look show stopping with their gorgeously blue-and-white patterns.


Sold at a few select specialty boutiques (check Mohawk General Store for online availability) with prices starting at about $100, buying Upstate is a great way to support a small, homegrown label while upping your fashion quotient too.

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