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Believe it or not, but there are other stores dedicated to showcasing emerging and independent talent than MNZ that we are obsessed with. One is Toronto based 100 % Silk Shop, an online and physical shop highlighting brands with distinctive visions and thoughtful construction. The founder Lee Dekel wants to engage her community in a dialogue around the word ‘handmade’ and the unique stories behind each piece.
Except for the store, there’s a house line, one where Dekel experiments with traditional textile techniques from different places, for example Ghana (where she lived for a while working for a locally produced ready-to-wear brand called Osei-Duro) and Uzbekistan (for the spring 2020 collection, Dekel worked with fifth-generation ikat dyer and weaver Rasuljon Mirzaahmedov, the eldest son of a family in Bukhara who has specialized in gold embroidery for the last 70 years and Baba Issaka, a second-generation flag maker).
“The textiles that I work with have been around for centuries because they speak to the human spirit. I think it’s that kind of connection that changes people’s minds about fast fashion”, Dekel tells Vogue.
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