Made in Sacramento

Spring is about new beginnings. Here’s one for you this fashion season: Buy local.

SN&R Photo By Gerry Simpson

Many cities are known for their music scenes, others for their visual- and performance-art culture. But Sacramento’s creative community draws the spotlight to fashion.

New boutiques continually emerge. Silk-screened vintage clothing is all the rage. The city’s premiere fashion academy is celebrating its first year of existence. And garment design, from pattern tracing to the final golden stitch, is on a very promising rise.

The local fashion community is as diverse as it is dense. In this special issue, we feature 11 clothing visionaries (with, in some instances, able support staffs) from nine Sacramento labels. The local fashion aesthetic ranges from Amy Hemmens’ art museum-quality Naik Fur line to the wild, pop-colored designs of Lindsay Rickman. From Jamaica Cole’s antique, travel-inspired Sapphire Cordial collection to Jill and Jan Dudensing’s simple, sophisticated and slightly retro Valentine Gallery designs. From the classic glamour of Miosa Bridal by Michael and Sanea Sommerfield to Richard Hallmarq’s sleek formal-wear collection. From full-fledged designers to clothing artists like Trisha Rhomberg of Pretty Trashy, Illyanna Maisonet of Siya Clothing Co. and Noelle Tavares of Faedrah Clothing, all of whom reinvent pre-designed vintage duds with their signature creative touches.

As if buying “local” weren’t trendy enough, SN&R presents nine more reasons why you should.

Sapphire Cordial
An antique aesthetic inspired by travel.

Naik Fur
Experimental elastic and knit wear that reflects the designer’s love of nature.

Lindsay Rickman
Her playful spring collection of wild, colorful patterns.

Richard Hallmarq
Mixing fashion and academia.

Miosa Bridal
Wedding gowns designed to celebrate the positives.

Valentine Gallery
Simple and sophisticated with a retro edge.

Clothing artists
Faedrah Clothing, Siya Clothing and Pretty Trashy Clothing reinvent old garments with splashy new art.