Clothes-conscious: Designs by (from left) Ali Golden, Cari Borja, Erica Varize, Ursula Dean, and Lesley Evers. Photos by (from left): Eva Kolenko, © Gabriel Harber, Kola Shoba/KSJPix, Jeremy Scott Dean, Lara Rossignol.
| | By Jody Brettkelly
Think of the flourishing East Bay arts scene, and what comes to mind is the burgeoning Art Murmur, the biannual Open Studios, or the literary renaissance epitomized by our Three Michaels (Pollan, Lewis, Chabon). In the land of flat shoes and tie-dyed tees, though, we tend to forget that designing clothes, too, is an art. Read on to learn more about five local fashion designers who are making an arty, and sometimes quite a splashy (think pieces inspired by Chez Panisse vegetables or decorated with condom rosettes) mark on what we wear.
“Mad Men” charm: Lesley Evers
Global villager: Erica Varize
Urban uniforms: Ali Golden
Suited for sirens: Cari Borja
Sartorial spy: Ursula Dean
Jody Brettkelly wrote for British newspapers for 15 years including The Times, the Mail on Sunday and the London Evening Standard. She now blogs at the Huffington Post (UK) and for aboutlastweekend.com. Brettkelly is a Kiwi who has lived in Oakland with her husband and four children for 11 years.