On May 19th, 2016 I had the honor of meeting one of Austin’s local designers making waves in the sustainable fashion industry. S.t.e.f. is designed, painted, and handcrafted right here in Austin, Texas by designer Stepanie Montes and her seamstress Helen Vu.
While Stephanie was very busy mingling with other shoppers, bloggers, and magazine editors, she took some time to say a few words about her line. Stephanie acknowledged the lack of attention on sustainable fashion in the fashion industry but more specifically stylish sustainable fashion.
Her current collection reminds me of morocco and the Mediterranean. With ombre hand painted blue details on her skirts and clutches. And bright whites with crystallized druzy gems and laser cuts. I’d describe her line as clean and modern with a bright touch. The geometric patterns and a-lines pair well with the blue and white color scheme. I’m eager to see her expand into more apparel options as well as colors (I don’t do so well with white). While the pieces are handcrafted, they are well made. I only found minor details that distracted from an overall well made collection.
S.t.e.f by Stephanie Montes is made with materials ranging from 100% organic cotton, hemp, and re-purposed ‘vegan’ leather. I am excited to share one of Austin’s own eco-fashion pioneers and I am looking forward to more from this designer.