Designers share one Thread

Minds behind inaugural Thread Show answer questions about how they got started, and more. The nationwide tour makes stop in Orange County on Sunday.

August 19, 2010|By Candice Baker

Area hipsters are making plans now to attend the first-ever Thread Show in Orange County on Sunday. Thread is a juried shopping event that tours the country showcasing 100 emerging clothing designers and artists, along with offering free live music, fashion shows, art, food and entertainment.

The touring show, already popular in large cities nationwide for its direct access to independent designers, also has added a home section to its offerings. Another popular aspect is its Swap Lounge, where attendees can trade clothing and accessories.

The Daily Pilot spoke with seven up-and-coming designers who will offer their wares this weekend at Thread.

DP: What made you choose to participate in Thread OC?

Tyson Smith, Maiden Voyage Clothing: Having heard of the Thread Show in the past, and this being its first time in the O.C., we thought it would be a good way to reach the O.C. market.


Kay Lim, Kay Lim Design: I have been doing the Thread show in San Diego for two years now, and each time was a great experience. I love meeting customers in person, and it's a joy to see my clothes on them on the spot.

Emily Harteau, Smoke & Mirrors Clothing: We chose to participate in Thread OC because the O.C. is fashion hungry, and we got the goods! It is a great way to meet our fans and new customers directly. As a small brand, having direct customer relationships is very important and Thread is the best at connecting the dots!

Patty Palazzo, Punk Masters: I was invited to attend, and of course I jumped at the chance! I have heard of the Thread show; another friend of mine has participated before, and as a new designer starting out I knew this would be a great opportunity to not only get my shirts out there, but to meet some nice people in the process and have a bit of fun!

Nate Koach, Suburban Riot: We've done the Thread show for three years. It's a great group of shoppers, many of whom we now know. The show has become one of our pop-up factory outlet stores.

Gavin Carrol, Lunch Designs: I've had great success with other Thread shows, especially in my hometown of Seattle. Plus I have friends and family here, so it's a win-win situation.

Don Rich, Skullastic: Skullastic loves the community of indie designers and awesome shoppers created at Thread events. We chose to participate in Thread OC because Orange County shoppers get straight A's for knowing what's cool, what's hot, what's new, what's now.

DP: Can you describe your brand's aesthetic?

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