Bold, comfortable and stylish… those are three words you could use to describe Shift Clothier by Julie Kramer. This Chicago-based clothing designer releases limited collections of unique dresses, tops and accessories to help you look your best. We’re lucky to have her as one of our talented artists at Collectiv! Here’s what she has to say about what motivates her fashion designs what you can expect to see from her next!
1) What makes your company unique?
My company is a small fashion line that makes 2 collections per year. Each collection is done is small batch. I personally make every single piece.
2) How did you start making?
I started my clothing line, because I could not find anything I liked in stores. I felt that other women my age were probably going thru the same thing that I was. My first line was entirely Shift Dresses. I have since branched to tops, skirts, jackets and accessories.
3) What inspires you as a maker?
My inspiration comes from so many different things. It can be the fabric or it can actually be the women that I design for.
4) What are two things you'd like customers to know about you?
I design and make every product in my line. Everything I make is in small batch, meaning at most I make 10 of something. Most leather pieces are one of a kind.
5) What's a new project you're excited about?
Working with leather is relatively new for me, and I love it!
6) What's on your playlist as you're creating?
Depends on my mood. Mellow, Thievery Corporation, more up beat? 80s anything.
7) Let's keep it local, what Chicago restaurant do you think everyone must try?
I love The Gage. Great ambiance and great food!
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