In the spirit of @FashRev Fashion Revolution Week, we have joined the global #whomademyclothes campaign by providing transparency of our production process--always an important part of business practice, taking pride in offering fashions which are vintage and/or made locally, responsibly whenever possible. TheSunset Sessions' vintage collection has primarily focused on early 60s to late 90s fashions; such as the 1960s denim bells which Ashlee is shown here wearing. Taking pride in having come from five generations of California roots (primarily focused in fashion, retail and from artists, athletes) it was imperative to me to have the original knit collection 100% made in California.
All contemporary pieces have been either manufactured in LA—or handmade from deadstock, revamped vintage finds—such as the halter Ashlee is wearing (below) which I'd hand-sewn as part of a small capsule made from original vintage 1960s/70s fabric, scarves.
We have photographed nearly all fashion shoots, editorials in California thus far and most always feature wonderful and inspiring California faces, whom are never retouched because applying photoshop to skin in our brand photography goes against our manifesto embracing natural beauty.
The crochet 'kini worn by Ashlee (below) was part of an early experimental handmade set. All screenprinted artwork added to knitwear (also below) had been hand-screened formerly in SF by myself and/or friends.
THANK YOU so kindly to everyone who has supported our "California-made" passions and efforts to preserve things as local and made responsibly. I can't wait to include more friends, creatives, designers in new endeavors ahead following the LA relocation.
Models featured above: Ashlee Rae (left) and Ashlee Wakefield (right) of East Bay, Ca.