Contemporary textiles made with old world techniques
($$) Mid-Range - ($$$) High-End
Twofold was created by Australian native Jessica Warner to channel her passion for distinctive textiles and showcase the designers she’s discovered in her life and through her travels. Jessica grew up in Canberra, Australia’s capital. After graduating from the Australian National University, she moved to New York, where she worked for the Guggenheim Museum and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She also nurtured her longstanding interest in textiles with classes in surface design and weaving at the Fashion Institute of Technology. In 2007, she moved to Asia with her husband, spending time in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney before returning to the U.S. and settling in Boulder, Colorado.
Jessica Warner first discovered her love of textiles while living in Tokyo in 2007. At the time she was impressed by Japanese designers who were making contemporary textiles using old-fashioned techniques. Jessica recently launched her web shop, Twofold, with the intention of introducing similar contemporary textiles to a wider world.
Name/Title: Jessica Warner/Founder
Launch date: March 2013
Inspiration for opening: The idea for Twofold came when I was living in Tokyo in 2007 – 2008. I loved discovering Japanese designers who are making contemporary textiles with respect for old Japanese textile-making traditions. These designers are largely inaccessible to people outside of Japan so the original idea was to sell contemporary Japanese textiles to an international market. The concept then expanded to include textile designers from all over the world.
Merchandise source: These are mostly designers that I've discovered in my travels. I'm from Australia but I've lived in New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Sydney and now Colorado. I love exploring independent boutiques and discovering local designers in different cities.
Best selling item: My best selling items are the Arrow Feathers scarf from NUNO, the Azuma bag from Kyototo and the one-of-a kind “oya” scarves from Rumisu. NUNO is renowned in the world of textile design — their textiles are part of MOMA's permanent collection; Kyototo is a young Japanese company reinventing traditional Japanese products; and Rumisu’s scarves are embellished with traditional Turkish embroidery.
Your favorite item: It's impossible for me to select a favorite – it would be like choosing a favorite child! At the moment, my daughters and I enjoy snuggling up on the couch with the hand-woven City Wall throw from Suki Cheema. On the home-decor front, I also love the round cushions from Niki Jones – a great alternative to standard square cushions!
Favorite store (other than your own): My all-time favorite store for fashion, accessories and home goods is now sadly closed — Takashimaya New York, which was located on 5th Avenue in midtown Manhattan, had a spectacular selection of beautiful, handcrafted products. In New York, I also love Zero + Maria Cornejo for fashion and, of course, ABC Carpet & Home for homewares.
(Images: Ashley Davis Tilly for Twofold)