Corinne Avila & Christina Avila
Tell us about your business.Our mission is to supply our fashionistas with a one-of-a-kind style approach to re-worked fashions. Here at Dual Threads we handpick, redesign, and reconstruct vintage surplus and dead stock fabrics. Dual Threads is designed to help you find your inner style to stand apart from the crowd. We only offer single quantities of our items, giving that much more of an individual quality. We take the time to hunt through hundreds of unique treasures with only you in mind. We provide you with fashion that is affordable and truly a statement to wear. Being twins, our creative passion was always evident growing up. We were always expressive and crafty through an artful way. This drive channeled our education. Christina has a B.A. in fashion design from Otis College of Art and Design and I, Corinne, have a B.A. in Graphic Design from Cal State Northridge. Coming from two separate design fields we understand each other on a creative level in developing our brand.
Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.We cut, measure, design, and sew all in one creative workspace studio. The three most important components that make Dual Threads what it is, is our sewing machine, overlocking machine, and Macbook Pro. Table space is also a must for us since we do work on multiple projects at a time. But our workspace isn't only a physical area to complete our work. The real space is through our sketchbooks and pens where we find inspiration ideas from cultural aspects, art, trends, graphic design, and music. Our many sketch ideas define what Dual Threads is.
What inspires you?We are influenced by so much. Do we have enough space to fit this all in? For us, inspiration is being generated all around us. One of our most earliest inspirations is our Mother who was gifted in the art of sewing. She would hand make all our Halloween costumes from homemade patterns. She would teach us sewing techniques about notions, how to apply them, and the proper use of a sewing machine. This memory of seeing and helping in the process was truly one of the greatest impacts on our lives. Other guiding ideas include our love for vintage and retro decades. This stems to not only the fashion of these eras, which are truly inspiring, but also the music and film genres with musical artists like Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington, to film legends like Fred Astaire and Carmen Miranda. We have a great appreciation for all things classic. We strive to make this idea the focus of our brand, to design timeless pieces that are retrospective to our influences.
What makes your business stand out?Our business isn't just a fashion brand, it's a lifestyle. We live and breathe design. From the moment our day starts, we are constantly researching and planning out new designs. The creative process doesn't end, and we don't want it to. The passion we have for upcycling clothes is exciting to us. There are so many unused racks upon racks of clothes in my city alone. This idea of taking unwanted clothes and giving them a new look and purpose is our true calling. We also offer a great upcycling service called "Upcycle your Closet", where we have taken clients unworn closet finds, listen to their fashion outlook, and transform their wardrobe based on their personal style.
What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?You have to understand who you are and your purpose here. When you have purpose there is no stoping that dream. You can't doubt yourself either. We both carry full time jobs in our separate design fields. We come home, sit down at our stations and create. We discovered that when you have a passion for something it doesn't matter how long it takes or the amount of hours you put in because being able to call something your own and actually have fun doing it, is really the best reward. If you can work on something for days on end and not be fazed that it's 3AM in the morning and you have work the next day, that's when you know it's real.
What does American Made mean to you?Our products are fully designed and re-worked by us in our own home. But that only scratches the surface of what American Made means to us. We take pride in knowing that our clothes carry with them American past times with history in every thread. It is exciting to know that young women can wear our clothes and have a greater understanding of vintage and being American made.
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