I spoke with Molly Hoeltke, creator/designer of Once Vintage, a sustainable fashion company that specializes in handmade high end clothing, using vintage and deadstock fabrics. Karina and I had worked with Molly a few weeks ago when we had met for the Buffalo.com styling segment, and couldn’t wait to see her collection.
“I had met a woman from India and she had a lot of vintage saris that she was willing to give me for fabrics. Since it fit the concept I had sketched, the collection took off from there. I named by collection Daughters of the King. I’ve been working doing a lot of volunteer work through church and thinking about a women and a girls worth. When you work with human trafficking, when you work with such sadness, you really need to focus on the positive and thinking about how to make a woman think they are worth something.”
“I decided to use a lot of rich gold fabrics and brocades. The cool thing about the saris is that there’s a lot of hand embroidered design already on it that I was able to work with it and redesign it. It fits with the bohemian spirit that I always use, stuff that feels very earthy and very natural.