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There are lots of reasons to love handmade clothes.

Using your measurements, handmade garments fit better than mass-produced ones can.

Handmade garments have personality. 

No one else has the same handmade pieces you have.

In your handmade clothes, you’re always unique.

And of course, loving details always have a home in handmade clothing.

There are also reasons you might not want to make them yourself: Um, you have other things to do!

Once upon a time, my well-meaning mother said,  “When you start caring about your clothes, you won’t be able to do anything. You’ll be too worried about messing them up.”

That was NOT what I wanted to hear. I want to look great, and still do everything I want to do (climb, craft, .explore, hold babies, get my hands dirty…)

 

I’m as stubbornly committed to that ideal now as I was then, every single day.

Not caring about my clothes was never an option for me. But neither was holding still… and I couldn’t care less about fashion “rules.”

Besides all that, I also wanted to wear clothes that offer way more progress toward a truly sustainable wardrobe than most of the beautiful things I could find on the market: Cruelty free, petrochemical free, and exploitation free.

 

Since 2018, I design and sew Raff Co. garments with these priorities.

Allegra Raff in a handmade turqois smocked dress

Hi, I’m Allegra and I think everyone should have the chance to wear handmade clothing—even if you don’t have time to make them.

A little more about my background…

​My formal training is in graphic design (School of Visual Arts, 2002) but I prefer to step away from the computer and make things with my hands.

 

I've also been a registered dental hygienist (University of North Carolina, a decade later). Along the way, I met my husband had a family (two daughters), and tried to work for other people, doing whatever I was hired to do… before arriving back at the same life philosophy I had when I was ten: 

 

Make useful things, make them beautifully, and enjoy the process. 

 

Raff Co. Clothing is an intentionally small-scale, sustainability-oriented business. I work with clients of all genders, sizes, and identities. Want to chat? Send me an email at hello@@raffcoclothing.com or sign up for my newsletter, Wednesday Look.

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