Showing Today | Bodkin

Bodkin is a women’s collection that brings to clothing the mission of architectural modernism: good, smart design. With comfort at its core, Bodkin creates wearable urban essentials with progressive silhouettes and wry detail inspired by science and architecture—patchworking, carefully deployed asymmetry—that lends its simple shapes a subtle specialness.

Bodkin favors a relaxed, thoughtful, day-to-night, season-to-season sense of chic that reflects the low-key but aesthetically meticulous mood of creative Brooklyn.

Bodkin began in 2008 as a small experiment in designing with organic and recycled fabric, but popular demand—and receiving the first-ever Ecco Domani Sustainable Design Award—prompted founder Eviana Hartman, then a writer-editor, to devote herself full-time to the line, starting with the Autumn/Winter 2009 collection.

Each season, Bodkin seeks out the finest and most innovative ethically and environmentally responsible fabrics in the world, from new technologies (such as silk-like recycled polyester distilled from old polar fleece) to handloomed weaves from collectives in India, domestic organic cotton, nontoxic Italian wool, and decades-old salvaged textiles. All pieces are made in the United States.

Bodkin has been profiled in US Vogue, Elle, NYLON, and Style.com, appeared on the cover of Women’s Wear Daily, and is currently on view at Pratt Manhattan Gallery’s Ethics + Aesthetics = Sustainable Fashion exhibition. As of fall 2010, Bodkin is also collaborating with Hessnatur, the German mass-market retailer that is the world’s largest organic clothing company.

Eviana Hartman is an accomplished writer in the fields of fashion and sustainability. She began her career at Vogue before becoming fashion writer at Vogue and Teen Vogue, fashion features editor at NYLON, and the founding columnist of EcoWise in The Washington Post. She learned to sew by co-writing the bestselling Sew U series of books with Wendy Mullin, and has written about music, style, architecture, and design for such publications as Dwell, I.D., Purple Fashion, VMan, Domino, and Wired. She credits her interest in sustainability to her former teacher, architect William McDonough, author of Cradle to Cradle. She is also a modern dancer and plays drums in the band Open Ocean.

A bodkin is a dagger, hairpin, or sharp, slender instrument used for making holes in cloth.

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