Adele Stafford is the creative mind behind Voices of Industry, who create hand woven apparel and textiles from 100% domestic fiber, farmed and spun in the U.S. Adele hand weaves each piece on a mechanical loom from her studio in Oakland, California and works with a small team of pattern makers and tailors in San Francisco. which is pretty amazing if you consider that almost 98% of all clothing in the US is made internationally. it’s people like Adele & her team who are steadily bringing that number down (and creating beautiful garments at that).
We consider the farmers that produce our cotton and wool as co-conspirators and friends. We invest in the independent grower, the bio-dynamic alchemist and the punk rock shepherdess. We know that cloth is a direct extension of agriculture and we care, deeply, about that origin. We strive to make exceptional cloth, hand woven on a mechanical loom and finished by skilled pattern makers and tailors. Our process is time consuming and choreographic and we believe that this is evident in our foot-treadled twills and french seams.
their first collection was inspired by Sally Fox, farmer, breeder and pioneer of the organic, naturally colored cotton that we used to weave each piece of this collection. Photographed by Brian Ferry in Oakland and Capay valley, California with assistance from Valeda Beach Stull. Pattern making and cut + sew by Danielle Colen. Modeled by Afton Love. Muslin jumpsuit + white kimono dress courtesy of Small Trade Company. Grey wool skirt by Ali Golden.