SEWN: Handmade and Vintage Clothing

SEWN: Handmade and Vintage Clothing

Ashley Poskin
Nov 15, 2012

Name: Jil Cappuccio, Kirsten Colpans and Pearl of Sewn
Location: 18 South Broadway, Denver, Colorado
Years in business: Almost one at SEWN. We have both been running our own businesses for a decade.

Jil, designer of One of a Kind, Limited Lines, and Kirsten, of Pearl Clothing, set up shop together on South Broadway in one of Denver's most eclectic neighborhoods. With handmade and vintage shop décor and open, welcoming workspaces, Jil and Kirsten's individual style come together to create an inspiring environment to work, create and sell.

Nearly everything in the shop is recycled/restyled or vintage. Jil and Kirsten created an absolutely fabulous floor in Kirsten's workspace by purchasing tiles from the local Habitat for Humanity Re-Store. With no previous experience, the designers (along with guidance from Kirsten's father) laid the floor using upcycled supplies, creating a totally one-of-a-kind floor at a fraction of the cost.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: The style at SEWN is eclectic mix and match. Any pattern or color combination goes great together. It starts with thoughtfully handmade wearable clothing that is one of a kind. Vintage jewelry, boots, handbags and other accessories are a perfect complement to our clothing lines. We also have recycled, vintage, and remade goods for the home.

Inspiration: Chinatown style, vintage ephemera, vintage fabrics, texture, pattern, color, unexpected finds, clothing that is worn in layers.

Favorite Element: The Singer Feather Weight sewing machine.

Biggest Challenge: Keeping it all clean. Another big challenge is staying organized and not getting side tracked with starting a new project.

What Friends Say: I wish I had your job! I want to make things all day!

Biggest Embarrassment: Again, keeping it all clean and organized.

Proudest DIY: Our patchwork handmade afghan wall hanging, the polyester quilt covered desk, the fabric covered back door…

Biggest Indulgence: Vintage fabrics, lots of vintage suitcases, treasure hunting for that beautiful, magical wonder.

Best Advice: Start with the basics, move from there.

Dream Sources: For fabric, Urban Burp in San Francisco. For miscellaneous goods, the Alameda Flea Market and giant road side garage sales.

Thanks, Kirsten and Jill!

(Images: Ashley Poskin)

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