The Factory is a biannual fashion show and night market celebrating and shining light on the fresh, creative talent of St. Louis. Come experience the new collections from St. Louis' top designers: Paulie Gibson, Brandin Vaughn, Lauren Tracy, Stephanie Carlo, Perpetua, and Jorge Marrero.
"The Intimate Movements of Disco" by Kat Reynolds
Kat Reynolds is in her feelings, and will probably remain sitting there. At the moment she is based out of Saint Louis, MO creating conceptual portrait and architectural photography. From receiving her B.A in Dance from Webster University, movement comes second nature and is thoroughly integrated into her practice. Her recent work is made to be literal, authentic, and emotional.
Lauren Tracy, a St. Louis based artist, is most recognized for her batiked patterns on silk scarves and shirts. Inspired by timeless fashion, she views the scarf as a relic. Her designs range from classic to whimsical.
Tracy's background in fiber art and sculpture influences surface designs and garments that celebrate and embrace the human body. With a focus on sustainability she creates a dialogue between reclaimed materials and fabric she prints in her studio. Lauren is moved by making things special and focused on creating pieces that last.
Brandin was born in a small town outside of St. Louis, but raised in St. Louis. He has been creatively expressive through apparel since he was a young child. Brandin’s mother will frequently and vividly recall a memory when she had no money for Christmas presents for Brandin and his siblings but he begged her to buy a lamb shearing coat from their local goodwill. It was not unusual for Brandin to want what would seem random clothing items for a young child. Even then he was drawn to textures, fabrics and colors.
Thinking this is all he wanted for Christmas but still wishing she could afford more, she bought it. To her surprise on Christmas morning, Brandin made her pillows for the living room couch out of the lamb shearing coat, something his mother had been wishing for herself. This was only the beginning and soon in his teenage years, he began making prom dresses for his high school classmates. There was never a time when he was not making clothes. Brandin knew then as he knows now, this is his passion.