The art of corsetry

We spoke to designer Sandra Chirico about bespoke corsetry ahead of her Pretty Waisted fashion/burlesque show.

Quality Control: Norwegian Wood’s Angie Johnson

Norwegian Wood feels entirely organic. A lot of it is, in the material sense of the word: designer Angie Johnson tries to use bamboo and organic textiles wherever possible, outsources knit and detailing work to small local suppliers, and recycles existing fabric, vintage and old surplus leather stock in her clothing.

Her business model is equally organic: she finds collaborators and suppliers through personal relationships and shared workspaces, and she sews and assembles each piece herself, only occasionally contracting friends to deal with a particularly large order. Even after releasing collections with Silver Jeans, Top Shop and Anthropologie, her own flagship boutique is a little joint you might have heard of called Etsy.