Hello, my name is Ashley. I'm an entrepreneur and the founder of Retro Threads Co. Thank you for stopping by my little patch of grass on the
Here is a little snippet of my story about how I got started down this path. When I was 16 years old I decided to take sewing lessons because I'm 5 foot nothin' and I was spending way too much money on alterations. I also LOVED fashion, especially the vintage inspired pieces (think Mad Men). My first project, much to my teacher's surprise, (she was thinking I would start with an apron... sorry Anita!) was a structured pencil dress with all kinds of intricate details. Thanks to her it turned out really well, and I got inspired! However, during this learning curve and much frustration with sewing, something slightly bugged me and it didn't set well... How was it that it took so long to make just one item but there are stores filled to the brim with clothing, and new pieces are constantly being brought to the floor every week? Fast fashion seems to tell us we need a whole new wardrobe every couple of months, and it just didn't make sense to me. So I set out to find some answers.
It's taken much research and many, many years to find out that the fashion industry is quite a mess: with unethical work environments, toxic dyes being used in most of our clothing, and many forgotten makers, dyers, weavers, artists, and spinners not getting fair wages. Landfills are overflowing with discarded garments that are deemed "last season's wear," and on and on and on. I know this isn't a problem that can be fixed overnight, but the good news is that there is a growing community of organizations and brands that are changing the way they do fashion, and I'm so excited to take this baby brand down a path of ethical, fair-trade practices; bettering the lives of makers, and adding value to our clothing choices.
Thank you so so much for supporting small.
Sometimes when you support small you support something BIG!
"Vintage Inspired with a Modern twist"
Retro Threads Co creates high quality, ethical, fair-trade apparel for children. Woman's apparel coming soon!
We create fashion-forward, yet timeless pieces and we are proud to say that every piece is created and produced in America.
Our pieces are designed to last longer and strive to use only the best materials.
We draw inspiration from Retro looks from the 50's and 60's,
yet incorporate modern day trends in order to create unique, one of a kind pieces!