Lately: SEATTLE, WE'RE COMING

2019 keeps serving change and I'm just trying to keep up. Look out Frasier Crane because the cats and I are coming! That’s right. In just a few weeks, DECLARATIVE is moving to Seattle!

It’s been mixed-emotion city over here. I'm excited for Seattle’s strong sweater weather, but it's hard to say goodbye to Augusta. I've seen the Garden City bloom before my eyes over the past few years and in that time, it‘s become my home.

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Consciously Considered: “MAKE IT LAST” KNITWEAR CARE

Choosing natural fibers over synthetics. Prioritizing quality, slow fashion over quantity, fast fashion. These are great ways to have a more sustainable closet, but I get it. At the end of the day, your budget is your budget. And these factors aside, making our clothes last is a way we can all be more sustainable in 2019. To help keep your knits in tip-top shape and extend their life, here’s an overview of Knitwear Care…

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From Kristine: MEET DECLARATIVE

It's 2019 baby, and I can't think of a better way to kick off the new year than by sharing this next chapter of RESPONSIVE TEXTILES with you: “I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, 'Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.'" ~Ernest Hemingway

I came across this quote at 1 AM back in April, and the idea of a “one true sentence” immediately resonated. The whole quote resonated…

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From Kristine: A BIG CHANGE

Last week, I shared RSPNSV's story and the growth that's happened over our six collections. For one, I'm no longer a graphic designer trying to be a knitter. For another, "responsive textiles" has since become an industry term for smart fabrics. (no jk) Now for my news, which you may want to sit down for. After considering these changes, I've decided it's time for our brand name to evolve too…

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From Kristine: PLANTING SEEDS IN 2019

Does the end of the year also make you reflective? I was legit wide awake for hours last night thinking about the past 4 years of RESPONSIVE TEXTILES.

Fun fact: I created the name for a class assignment in 2012. At the time, I thought it'd be a surface design studio, something a little closer to the graphic design degree I was finishing up. Its mission? To design fabric that's RESPONSIVE to your individuality, body and lifestyle. (Sound familiar?)

Jump to 2014. I’m in the middle of brunch (where my best ideas happen), and I decide apply to Fashion Week San Diego under the name RESPONSIVE TEXTILES…

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Lately: KRISTINE'S COLLAB WITH TEEN VOGUE!

Fiber Content. Construction. Seams. Dyeing. A lot goes into a sweater, which dictates its performance and price point. As a designer, these factors create the fine line I walk in my design process between quality and cost. As a shopper, it means better understanding what you're looking at in stores and empowering you to make the best choice for your budget and lifestyle.

So in collaboration with Teen Vogue’s Sammie Scott, I stepped out of my comfort zone and in front of the camera (phew!) to break things down for you, as we played a game: Cheap vs Expensive…

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Style Files: YOU'RE HOT THEN YOU'RE COLD

(Literally though!)
Whether it already feels like winter or you’re experiencing multiple climates a day, one thing is true about this time of year: temp control is a struggle.

How can you dress for the cold when every store is blasting their heat? Why is it winter when you leave for work, but spring by lunchtime (and now you’re stuck carrying around that heavy jacket)? Can the air just pick a lane already? Not sure about you, but I legit ask myself these questions all season long

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Consciously Considered: 4 STEPS TO STARTING YOUR CAPSULE WARDROBE

Have you ever cleaned out your closet only to find your capsule wardrobe has become a cluttered mess again? Because yah, I've been there. Recently freed-up space has an uncanny habit of filling up again, and it's no coincidence.

When I began this process for myself, my closet was stuffed to the brim. Logically, I just started tossing the clothes I never wore and stopped when things looked organized. This lasted few months, but slowly, my closet returned its earlier, tornado-looking vibes…

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From Kristine: PRICE CHANGES

A core value RESPONSIVE TEXTILES and I both share is transparency. With that said, I have an announcement to make, and it’s one you may want to sit down for. Come June 8th, your favorite pieces will experience a shift in pricing. 

The main reason: I've actually started tracking my hours of work (not just for knitting each garment, but also packaging, size grading and material sourcing - to name a few), and it turns out that there's a lot of time I hadn't been accounting for in our current prices…

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