As I’ve written about in my previous posts on Starch Slides and Hôtel, I am always thrilled to come across a company that is conscious about their production without detracting from their aesthetic goals—even better when it actually contributes to them. In order for more responsible modes of consumer culture to catch on, they have to be desirable, not a lesser alternative. Whenever I find someone who is filling that need, I want to celebrate it!
Emily Adams Bode’s eponymous line, Bode, has so many aspects to get excited about that it’s hard to know where to begin: the celebration of traditional women’s craft? The ingenious repurposing of vintage fabrics? The fact that each piece is one-of-a-kind and handmade with care in New York? The gender-bending attitude and styling? It’s all compelling, even more so when Bode speaks about her conceptual inspirations, but what I find most important is that you could not know any of this and still fall in love with the clothes themselves (especially as they’re presented in Bode’s artistic lookbooks).
It’s very inspiring to see a designer both play into aspects of the high fashion world, i.e. a formal presentation at Men’s Fashion Week, and apply discretion to eschew the rules that aren’t suited to the goals of the line, i.e. not creating samples or using professional models.
As the line grows, the team is replicating more fabrics for wholesalers, but Bode affirms that she’ll “never not do the one-of-a-kind stuff” (source: Vogue).