Lindsey Berns proudly presents Spring Summer 2020 - a nostalgic collection with modern charm, celebrating the art of the handmade. This season, Lindsey continues her love affair with quilts by paying homage to the quilt makers of Gee's Bend - a collective of African American women in Alabama whose extraordinary quilt masterpieces are crafted out of everyday well-worn fabrics. This concept of salvage fashion inspired Lindsey to incorporate vintage handkerchiefs, antique quilts, one-of-a-kind remnants and dead-stock fabrics into her designs to create a truly original look. You will see embroidered vintage handkerchief dresses, antique quilt jackets, peasant blouses made from patchwork fabric from the 1970's, pleated pinafores featuring quilt cloths from the 1950's, and darling dresses crafted from dead-stock supply of men's oxford cotton shirting. Each whimsical piece in the collection is named after a woman quiltmaker of Gee's Bend, and produced by hand, in small batches to ensure a high level of craftsmanship and an inherent cherished quality. 100% of the collection is proudly and sustainably made in America.
Easy shapes, beautiful fabrics, artful touches, and a refined sense of style define the Lindsey Berns brand. Since she was a little girl, Lindsey has honed her skills in art and design, as well as intricate embroidery and applique techniques that were first introduced to her by her grandmother, a former fashion illustrator and designer. Lindsey received her undergraduate degree in Art History from Northwestern University and an MBA from The NYU Stern School of Business. Her formal education was supplemented as a fashion assistant at New York Magazine, in Arles, France studying French Impressionism, and at internships at Sotheby's and Ralph Lauren.
In 2000 Lindsey launched her first collection consisting of womenswear and handbags. These designs were sold to Saks Fifth Avenue, Henri Bendel and Fred Segal, and featured in Women’s Wear Daily, Teen Vogue, Lucky and People Magazine. Her collection also drew the attention of Patricia Field, renown Sex & The City stylist, who honored Lindsey with the Marshall Field Distinction in Design Award.
In 2011 Lindsey discovered her newest and most immediate source of inspiration: her young niece and nephew. She started to design clothes specifically for them, drawing inspiration from the clothing of her childhood -- artisan patch work jackets handmade from vintage quilts, well worn blue jean jumpers, vintage denim overalls, delicately embroidered linen pinafores, and French everything.
Lindsey views her creations as individual pieces of art, informed by her own sensibilities and imagination. Her ultimate vision is to create a look that is neither in nor out of style--just classic and timeless. “It is my greatest hope that my designs will be enjoyed today and then carefully put away, to be passed down to the next generation."