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Hand-Cut and Hand-Sewn in Charlottesville, VA

About Us

Expert Sewing Talent & IRC help us keep our commitment to

handmade in Charlottesville

 

 
 

Co-Founders

 
 

c'VILLE dRESS cO. & rEFUGEE sUPPORT

Our local garment construction team, bringing the highest quality tailoring and construction skills, are former refugees who decided to build their lives in Charlottesville.

Who are refugees?

 

Refugees are people fleeing violence and persecution from countries in crisis. They are seeking safety and the chance to move their lives forward. Our makers from other cultures have been making intricate clothing since young ages. We know how lucky we are to have them here in Charlottesville, since sewing is not a common training in US schools anymore.

International Rescue Committee maintains an important operation here in Charlottesville. IRC programs are designed to ensure refugees thrive in America--whether ensuring children are enrolled in school, adults become self-reliant through employment or starting businesses, or receiving acute medical care to recover from trauma or illness.

The IRC helps those in need rebuild their lives and regain control of their future in their new home community.

We are grateful to these talented people for choosing Charlottesville, and we are also grateful for all the support provided by IRC. 


Proceeds from purchases of our wristlets go to support IRC.

 
 
 
 One of our workspaces in downtown Charlottesville

One of our workspaces in downtown Charlottesville

 
 

 

About Our Process

 
 
 

handmade in Charlottesville, Virginia

 
 

As artists committed to artistic expression, we want you to enjoy the creative process with us in realizing your own fashion identity. We believe that the quality of our construction makes for a garment that can last and look beautiful forever.

We are committed to the best possible client experience. We hope you enjoy designing your perfect wardrobe with us!

 
 

About Our Fabrics

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NATURAL fIBERS

We use only the finest natural wools, linens, silks, cottons, and blends in the richest colors. Inspired by the gorgeous colors of African print cottons, we want all our designs to flatter your shape and help you live in gorgeous, lively color.

Learn more about the fabrics that inspire our love of color.

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Geometry & Dressmaking

Our fabrics were chosen for their beautiful and whimsical motifs, and we choose designs that lend themselves well to the structured construction of vintage (1950-70) dress patterns.

The shapes and lines in our fabrics are deliberately aligned with pattern lines to maximize the flattering shapes of the dresses.

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We make 'em like they used to!

Our entire line was constructed using the structural parts of vintage patterns that are most flattering to the modern woman's body. We don't make vintage patterns quite as they were originally written because women are truly shaped differently now than they were years ago. We curate the patterns to create gorgeous, modern dresses and garments.

 

Our measuring process: 

measuring for your body

 
 
 
 

 
 

we want everyone to

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Our collections feature richly colored natural fiber fabrics for sourced from the Netherlands, Paris, Thailand, and other places around the world. Only the finest fabrics are good enough for our customers, and only the most flattering colors make the cut.

We measure, cut, assemble, and produce our garments by hand so they get the most attention to detail that they possibly can. Just like in the culinary world, as the adage goes, "homemade always tastes better", we believe that the skill and experience our team brings to creating garments is similar to an experienced chef making a dish just like grandma used to make (and possibly better!).

Our Mission

A dress bought from a fast fashion retailer that focuses on price over quality simply will not last as long or look good for as long as one created with the time and attention that a garment made by a skilled hand will.

Our mission is to bring fashionable, flattering clothing to those sick of the norm, of never finding a flattering fit, and of boring colors, starting with Charlottesville, then the world! We will continue to support IRC and train our workers in the best construction techniques and sustainable manufacturing practices.

Design your perfect clothing with us and know you're making a difference by doing it.