This group of 36 handbags was carefully crafted from a large piece of vintage fabric that was sourced in nearly perfect condition. Although every bag was made from this fabric, each one was cut to ensure none are exactly the same, remaining true to the identity of Asata's work.
Everfast was originally named Portco, Inc. and was incorporated in Delaware in 1936. Portco changed its name several times before becoming Everfast, Inc.
The original Everfast company owned and operated five retail fabric stores, called Everfast Mill store, sold discount fabrics such as home decorating and apparel fabrics.
In 1970, Everfast acquired Funwood, Inc., a wholesale operation distrubuting home decorating fabrics to its franchised, and later company-owned, Calico Corner stores. Calico is a high quality retailer of home decorative fabrics and provides design and custom labor services. Today, they have 75 stores across the US and a corporate office and distribution center located in Kennett Square, PA.
In order of appearance:
Baguette handbag constructed from a deadstock 1960's textile from Everfast Mills
Organic cotton t-shirt handmade and hand embroidered with "Elegance"
Selvedge denim jeans
Printed mesh turtleneck
Box pleated brown linen skirt
Chocolate knit blouse and pants set
Brown gathered mesh full length dress
Bikini constructed from a donated vintage fabric
Brown linen corset and pants set
Knit patchwork dress constructed from vintage sweaters
Photography: Lauren Daccache
Model, garments, styling: Asata Maisé Beeks
Location: Friends of Form