#meetthemaker: Ashley Denisov of 1×1
To countdown to our two-part holiday show, we’re kicking off a new #meetthemaker series to get to know our DIY Night makers and artists a little bit better…
“Seasons are out. Collections are in.” — 1×1‘s slogan begs the question: what does it mean to be part of the sustainable fashion movement? As founder Ashley Denisov would tell you, it means designing and releasing pieces one at a time (hence their name) and sourcing local, ecologically responsible materials. Read on to learn more about Ashley’s inspiration for 1×1 and her favorite part of doing local maker markets.
Tell us a bit about your journey as a maker. When/why did you create your company and where do you see it in the next 2 years?
“I started my company in my home in LA when I moved there 2 years ago. I had been attending Apparel Arts, a pattern-making school in Oakland for several years, and it was so inspiring to come to class every week and meet people who just loved the craft of making clothes. I wanted to put that knowledge to good use and design a line of clothing for creative women in the workplace. I hope to keep expanding my offerings in the next 2 years and discover new ways to contribute to the sustainable fashion conversation. I’m very interested in natural dyeing techniques and wool textiles.”
What inspires you?
“New technologies in sustainable fashion.”
What’s your favorite gift to give during the holiday season and why?
“Cuddly things! Socks, pajamas, sweaters…everyone loves to get something warm and fuzzy.”
What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
“My Chiweenie Zoe! We adopted her during the holidays 2 years ago.”
What is your favorite part of participating in markets and meeting your clients face to face?
“I love meeting clients who are interested in sustainable fashion and ask me the tough questions about my sources and manufacturing. It’s so inspiring to see how much people care about where their products come from. I also love watching people touch the materials and try things on; being an online business it’s a treat to see how people interact with my clothes in real life!”
When you’re not crafting away, where can we find you?
“Walking the hills of Echo Park with my dog Zoe, catching up on all my favorite podcasts, and at the farmer’s market picking up ingredients for an all-day cooking project.”
Show us where you work!
Any advice for first time vendors?
“I would say that the most important thing is to meet new people and have fun! Craft shows are such a great opportunity to speak with people about your products, hear their feedback, and make connections.”