SUSTAINABLE KNITWEAR: AS HUMAN AS YOU ARE
Established in 2014
By maker Kristine Rodriguez.
Handmade out of her Augusta, Georgia studio.
One True Sentence: We are human. Our bodies change and our seasons change, which is why we create womenswear that honors this natural ebb and flow within ourselves. DECLARATIVE knits are comfortable, as well as polished. Timeless and versatile. These garments meet you where you’re at and will last you for years to come. Here you'll find pieces thoughtfully designed to serve you throughout the seasons of the year and seasons of your life, painstakingly perfected to be worthy of your closet.
While walking the line between innovation and utility, DECLARATIVE pushes beyond what is expected of handmade knitwear, while still maintaining the ease and comfort inherent in the craft. Note: This is not your grandma's knitwear.
Slow + SUSTAINABLE FASHION
In an industry that’s constantly racing towards the next trend of the week, we’re here to be slow. DECLARATIVE is entirely handmade by our designer/knitter Kristine Rodriguez out of her Evans, GA studio. With spools of yarn and her hand-powered knitting machine, Kristine meticulously builds the fabric and silhouette of each garment one row at a time.
Every panel is a journey on the knitting machine. Since it’s a completely manual process, one eye needs watch over how the fabric is coming out, while the other needs to pay attention to when shaping, color changes and other textiles manipulations need to occur.
Each row of a garment is a push of the carriage. Every color change is a manual threading process. Every eyelet, slope and texture is an individual stitch manipulation. Let's just say, it keeps the arm muscles toned and the fingers nimble.
DECLARATIVE is produced with quality yarns of either natural or regenerated-natural fibers. We make it a priority to honor sustainability in as many aspects of our business as possible. This includes our materials, as well as our production process.
The amount of time it takes to make a garment depends on how involved the silhouette and textile are. Many of our scarves take an hour or two. However, our pleated pieces and dresses can take over twenty hours to complete.
Our Designer / KNITTER
DECLARATIVE founder + designer, Kristine Rodriguez, was finishing up a degree in graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design, when she discovered the knitting machine. It was during her final semester in an elective class, and it turned out to be a game changer. As she explains, "I was clearly drawn to the knitting machine because I had tried to get into this course before. When I started, it was immediate love. Knitting was all I wanted to work on. My whole semester, became dedicated to this manner of making. It is a path I have been on ever since."
Kristine graduated in the spring of 2012 with this one class under her belt and knitwear as her new direction. She bought a machine of her own and continued to teach herself the craft. As she explains, "Although I speak with yarn and the knitted stitch nowadays, my graphic design sensibilities continue to influence my work and craftsmanship. It shapes my creative voice into what DECLARATIVE is today."
Coming soon. <3