Have you been slogging through the boring old stores this month? Or have you been online scrolling through the cyber corridors of Amazon, Lands End, or the Just-Torture-Me-Now-I-Can’t-Stand-Another-Second-On-This-Darn-Computer Store?
Hmmm… chances are you have! And chances are that you have been underwhelmed with many of the choices for clothes and gifts out there.
Well, do I have a treat for you! Multiple Threads, an eco-boutique, at 1820 Solano Avenue in Berkeley is a wonderful store and so much more! Read on, dear readers…
Multiple Threads is remarkable in so many ways, I will just have to start somewhere…
Every square inch of the store is filled with the most amazing things. In this small corner alone you can see the following:
Pillows fashioned from a skirt made in India, pillows made from wool scarves or sweaters, pillows made from crocheted blankets.
Hand-stitched cashmere throw blankets, bed quilts made entirely of sweaters, silk neck-tie pillow, and baby quilts made from vintage quilts.
Candle sticks created out of old spools of thread, lamps made from antique jelly molds, coffee pots, and tart pans (from Panache Lighting), and underwear deftly and humorously sewn out of funny t-shirts (from Petaluma Panties).
OK, I am exhausted just telling you about this one little part of the store, but I know you are getting the jist. Everything in the store is hand-made and everything is ingeniously created using re-claimed and recycled materials. It’s an absolutely eco-friendly, go green, inspired, melting pot of creative energy and genius work!
There are several Bay Area designers who display in the shop, including the clever Miranda Caroligne. She is a really big-deal designer and also the author of Reconstructing Clothes for Dummies. Her signature look includes the interesting, colorful outer seams that connect pieces of sweaters together to make her great dresses, shirts, and skirts.
Ghetto Goldilocks is a really innovative designer from Oakland who makes wonderful dresses out of “adopted” clothing. They are fabulous! See the fun raggedy edges on the sleeves and necklines. Very urban chic. Visit her website to see a slide show – you’ll be inspired
Also from Ghetto Goldilocks are some really interesting vests and jackets for both women and men. The last time I was in the shop, Briget from Ghetto Goldilocks was just bringing in some long, almost-Victorian-style jackets that are really inspired.
Field Day Wearables is another company from Oakland. Multiple Threads carries their cute cotton dresses and skirts with gathered waists and buttons down the fronts. I am in love with the skirt (above) which was made out of a sheet!
Field Day’s vintage ties are hand-printed with unusual graphic images that make an absolutely wonderful accessory for today’s modern man! (sorry no photo)
Shayna, one of the seamstresses who works at Multiple Threads, has a painting background. These masks, which are painted and sewn on canvas, are really remarkable. She also created the hats seen at the opening of this post, using overstitching on cotton t-shirts to create the wonderful eyes and faces.
On this dress, sewn from reclaimed velvet curtains, Shayna has created a wonderful face that is evocative of Maurice Sendak’s In The Night Kitchen.
This dress is incredible. I can just imagine Helena Bonham-Carter wearing it to a film preview! And I can’t wait to see what this amazingly talented young lady makes next!
The gift selection is…
just as interesting and wonderful as the rest of the store.
And such a wide selection of items to choose from…
everything is fabulous – you really must go check it out.
I have yet to even begin to tell you about the boutique’s amazing creators, Diane Austen and her lovely daughter, Martha. So, here goes!
The brains and talent that have envisioned this great store and made it a reality, Diane and Martha, work very long hours and they work hard to make sure everything is just right. The things they make are incredible and they make it all right there in the workshop part of the store – You can even watch them in action if you’re lucky!
From dolls to dresses, sweaters to skirts, and so much more, everything is made from reclaimed materials. Sweaters, shirts, t-shirts and scarves are reincarnated into fashionable, unique, super cool clothing and accessories. Just look…
So, no more boring shopping for you – high tail yourself to Berkeley, have a cuppa, and spend some time exploring this amazing boutique. Who knows – I might just see you there!
1820 Solano Avenue – at Colusa