Victor Lytvinenko & Sarah Yarborough
Tell us about your business.Recently accepted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Victor Lytvinenko + Sarah Yarborough started Raleigh Denim in 2007 in their hometown, Raleigh, NC. The husband + wife team learned the history and techniques of traditional American jeans-making through a series of informal apprenticeships with former factory workers, patternmakers and mechanics throughout the state. The couple built a small workshop in downtown Raleigh where they and their team continue to produce jeans which marry old-school methods with modern fits. Raleigh Workshop recently expanded into mens + womens collections, all produced in the United States and focused on design, process, material, + craft.
Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.NC FLAGSHIP STORE: the CURATORY The Curatory is our multi-brand store, nested in the front of the denim workshop on Martin Street. We stock all things Raleigh, as well as things we've found in our travels and want to bring home, from beautiful clothing labels to accessories, stationary + gifts. A 40 foot window runs the length of the store so you can look through and see our denim production. Swing by next time you're in town! NYC FLAGSHIP STORE 211 elizabeth street new york, ny 10012 / (212) 334 1330 Designed in collaboration with Shohei Shigematsu, director of the OMA New York Office. Our NYC store installation changes throughout the year, so next time you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and say hello!
What inspires you?See bio
What makes your business stand out?Inspired by vintage sewing machines, Raleigh designers Victor Lytvinenko and Sarah Yarborough value having complete control over design and quality and the tradition of making garments utilizing knowledge of the generations that preceded them.
What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?Constantly strive to create original products that will lead in the market and generate a solid consumer base who knows they will only receive the best quality and designs from your brand.
What does American Made mean to you?An emphasis on craftmanship, quality and innovation with products and goods completely created and produced in America. Constant exploration of design and techniques in order to constantly create unique products for international markets.
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