INTERVIEW: CURATOR SF
Curator is a clothing line that is designed by Deirdre Nagayama and Stacy Rodgersand and manufactured in their hometown of SF! In 2003, the duo started reproducing vintage items that needed simple updates and eventually added more complex pieces along the way. Working with their two different body types, they design clothes that fit a range of bodies and know that when they can both wear something they are on to something good!
Why is locally made important to you and have you seen a shift in slow-fashion since you started over a decade ago?
We are stoked that slow fashion is becoming more recognized in the industry. It is sad that it’s taken big scale tragedies to bring some of these issues to the light. We have been working with local printers, cutters, mills, pattern-makers and sewers since 2003. I do believe that when you spend money you are voting for what kind of world you want to live in. I want to live in a world with thriving responsible factories and informed consumers! A world that doesn’t just buy a top to wear it once and it ends up in a landfill. The internet has been a fantastic place to connect brands and consumers to think about these things.
What is currently inspiring your designs or color palette?
The color palette is always a big area of debate, after designing two collections as year for 15 years we have some data. Always a blue, red, neutral, and pop of the fun color that just moves the needle. I really love green and always work on getting it in the line. I bet big this last season on a jungle green from a vintage coat that made me happy every time I put it on. With garment dye we can virtually make any color, which believe it or not can be totally overwhelming at times.
What is your favorite piece?
Deirdre - I would have to say our Olema dress is my favorite piece. It’s whimsical and romantic and I long for the occasion to wear such a piece.
Stacy - The Work Shirt. She literally gets the job done in this piece and layers it over everything in the moody SF weather.
What is something you're excited about in life?
We love to road trip, family, slowing down, seeing projects come alive, change
What are some of your fav hangout spots in SF?
Knockout, Ardiana's, Souvla, Little Horsies, West Lake Joes, Castro Theater and Top of Bernal = dogs & views
With owning a business in SF for 15 years, they have adapted their business to fit with the changes of the city and their lives. Their current rhythm is selling online and in their brick and mortar shop on Valencia. This set up has them more relaxed, creative and happy. If you are a fan of matching sets like me, be sure to check them out! I am obsessed with the Painter Pants (high waisted, deep pockets, and available in 5 colors!) that are perfectly paired with the Clare top for summer and the Aspen top for winter.