Babette: a collection at the nexus of art and fashion. Discover Creative Director Babette’s Pinsky’s journey to designing a national brand.
Her Aim is True: Half a century after opening her own firm, Babette Wiener Pinsky, Apparel Design ’62, stays faithful to her vision
The story of the fashion label Babette is remarkable: Babette Wiener Pinsky started the company in 1968 to create funky-yet-wearable clothes. Forty-six years later, she’s still designing, and you don’t have to squint to see the sophisticated, modernist style in her fashions. The $11 million concern has 100 employees and eight stores nationally, plus e-commerce. Though the fabrics are often sourced in Asia—usually Japan, which manufactures the high-twist (meaning silky and well-draping) microfibers Pinsky prefers—the garments have always been designed and made in the Bay Area. This year, she was nominated for the Martha Stewart American Made Award. She told the award committee, “For me, there has never been any reason to move my business overseas. American-made means health insurance, preventive care, and fair treatment of workers.” read moreRead More
Oakland Fashion Network is accepting submissions for our next fashion show! This show is open to men’s and women’s fashion designers and will take place on Friday, February 6, 2015 on BART! Designers will create one avant-garde look.
The theme of the show is Bay Area Rapid Transformation
We all know we are in the middle of an intense transformation. San Francisco is getting googlelier and googlier while Oakland is gaining more artists, restaurants, bars, hipsters, higher rents….. Is this a good thing? A bad thing? The only thing you can count on in life is change; how you perceive that change is what matters.Read More
Where: San Francisco Hilton Financial District
750 Kearny Street, 2nd Floor & Grand Ballroom
When: Sunday, November 23 / 11:30AM to 6:30PM
& Monday, November 24 / 9:00AM to 6:00PM
Plus a 3 day Seminar Program (Starts on Saturday November 22)
Good cloth + skilled tailors = great clothing. Named for the hand-sewing needles that are used by custom and bespoke tailors, Sharp and Between is a tailor training program that is being launched in Oakland. The goal is to produce a new generation of skilled and certified tailors. We expect to open a brick and mortar tailor shop in 2015, where paid apprentices will learn from master tailors and become certified in the trade.Read More