I'm excited to share a little bit about one of our newest independent clothing brands stocked in the shop. CONRADO was founded by designer Angela Sison. Angela has worked in the fashion industry in New York, California, and Paris before she started Conrado. Conrado was her grandfather’s name and her upbringing in fashion brought to life this brand. Angela grew up in the Philippines in her family’s textile factory. Some of her earliest memories are of counting buttons and trimming thread. At that time, her grandfather was working for Coca Cola and was traveling around the world. He lived in San Francisco from the late 70s through the early 90s and Angela has always been inspired by his universality. He truly embodied the whole persona of the traveler. What he wore and what he did was seamless. Angela wants her pieces to embody that same freedom of traveling.
Angela treasures her upbringing in the Philippines and loved how people would go from the city to the beach wearing the same clothes. She wanted pieces that transitioned without having to think. Pieces that are simple and sophisticated. Pieces that are seamless. She lives and travels between San Francisco, Manila and Martha’s Vineyard where she finds constant inspiration. She knew she wanted her fabrics to be natural and textured and thinks of her pieces as New England meets the Tropics with an effortless California vibe.
Angela works on all the patterns and chooses to use deadstock fabric that she searches for during her travels. Styles are all limited in quantity due to the use of the deadstock fabrics. Conrado pieces are produced in the Philippines in her mother's small family-ran factory. Angela constantly travels to work closely with seamstresses and pattern makers to ensure the right fit and superior quality of CONRADO. Conrado slow and sustainable fashion at it's finest. I'm thrilled to have a few of Angela's pieces in the shop for Spring.