Remember this lovely ray of sunshine who used to grace the Passionflower environs multiple days a week for multiple years? Yep, that's right it's our old manager, style icon and all around awesome human being, Becky Tonkin, who will be returning First Friday in March to share with us what's she's been up to these last many years. Turns out, she made some big life changes, moved to Astoria, and followed her dream of developing her own clothing brand that focuses on natural fibers, beautiful, practical clothing and is plus size friendly. I just feel necessary to add here, that Becky has an amazing eye and her fabric choices are spot on.
Her brand is called Shift and here's what Becky had to say about it -
(I)....started bouncing around the idea of a store or a clothing line called Shift. (Shift is a word that implies movement and adopting new paradigms, and is a type of dress, and also cheekily referred to (my) compulsive need to collect typewriters). A dozen years after completing (my) apparel degree, Shift was born out of a simple invitation in a new town to sell aprons at a Holiday Bazaar. Then, a like-minded friend suggested sharing a booth at the Astoria Sunday Market, and people started to buy dresses, aprons, and shirts. The market was a great incubator for testing designs, with instant feedback and customer response.
Still a baby company, Shift emphasizes plus sizes, natural fabrics (mostly), tough work wear, and easy-fit garments that can fit a wide variety of shapes and sizes but still look cool.
Becky will be here for First Friday March 2nd and then all day Saturday March 3rd. She'll have lots of aprons, shifts, dresses, and a few surprises. Hoping everyone can come out and show her the love.
And I'm hoping to find something pretty wonderful for myself too!