Anti-Factory is a handmade labor of love based in San Francisco, California, that was started by me, Stephanie, in 2004. Made primarily from quality vintage fabrics (lambswool, angora, cashmere, cottons), "salvaged" new fabrics (fabric overruns discarded from factory manufacturing) and vintage trims and buttons, I design and hand sew each item!
As an avid fashion follower, I was becoming frustrated with stories of sweatshop labor and the mass-production of cheap clothing to satisfy consumer desires. Also, being a woman born in the Philippines, it is a chilling idea that I was this close (holds her fingers an inch apart from each other) from having an alternate existence as a sweatshop sewer. As an ecologically-minded recycler, I wanted Anti-Factory to rely primarily on quality recycled fabrics in an attempt to minimize waste and consumption. Born from a concern with social issues paired with creative hands, I started sewing and designing clothing for myself and...voila!
I try to create garments that exude individuality and combine colors and fabrics in sometimes surprising yet complimentary ways. Vintage woven and knit fabrics mix with contemporary jerseys and mesh material to create a unique blend of old and new.
My new vintage division is a result of not being able to pass over the tons of fabulous items I find during my fabric hunts--stuff that I couldn't cut up and use in my own clothing but that I wanted to pass on to you!
For US customers I accept credit cards through Paypal--you don't need a Paypal account, even! Just click on the "Buy now" button and go through the checkout when finished shopping. I also accept money orders and well-concealed cash. If you would like to pay this way, please contact me via email and I will place a hold on the item. Mailed payment must be received within seven days or the item will be immediately relisted.
US domestic and Canada:
$6 for orders under $100
$8 for orders $100-$150
$9 for orders over $150
US deliveries are shipped via Priority Mail with delivery confirmation. Canadian orders are sent first class airmail.
Single items are usually $3-$7 via airmail, depending on which country. You can email me for the specific cost, or you can just go ahead and purchase the item immediately and I will send you a 2nd invoice for the remainder of the shipping charges.
At this time I cannot accomodate custom work or do special requests. I do apologize, but as an individual maker with a limited amount of time, it would be too difficult for me to implement individual orders. Plus, I'm limited to the fabric I have on-hand, which can vary widely in terms of sizing and patterns!
I accept returns on handmade items provided that the garment is unworn and clean. I can refund payment or give credit towards another purchase. I cannot refund shipping costs, however.
All vintage item sales are final. Send us an email if you have any questions about an item--we're happy to answer! Please remember that our clothing is in vintage condition and will often show some signs of mild wear. However, we only sell items that we would be proud to wear ourselves.
How many of each garment style do you produce?
All Anti-Factory handmade clothes are one-of-a-kind. Sometimes there's a limited amount of fabric from one source which also prohibits making many. I spend a great deal of time finding "quality" fabrics that are first-run vintage, and colors and fabric weights are chosen with care. Plus, I'm not really keen on producing masses of one exact design of clothing--it's boring and not fun to sew the same thing over and over! However, I do make "variations" of a theme and some styles keep coming up over and over--like ruffled short sleeves, cowl-necklines, and appliqued stylized patches. But since there's never more than one of an item ever made, you'll never see someone else wearing your item!
Who sews and designs Anti-Factory items?
I do! I'm responsible for the cutting, sewing, and designing of all the garments. I have been sewing for over 10 years and work with a serger sewing machine plus a conventional stitch machine. In this way, Anti-Factory is a small business, run by a sole proprietor and maker! I also do the website and blog.
How quality are your garments? How do I care for them?
I am meticulous about making good clothing! All seams are professionally finished (unless it's purposefully *not* meant to be), and made to withstand general wear and tear. I test-wear a sample of most of my designs to make sure it fits on a real body before sending them out into the world! Anti-Factory items are not "hacked" together and I'm obsessed with making a quality product that won't disintegrate or wear out quickly! Each garment has an Anti-Factory label sewn into it for your viewing pleasure.
I recommend gently hand-washing or dry cleaning all Anti-Factory items, especially if they are made of any wool, angora, or cashmere. If hand-washing, lay it flat to air dry. DO NOT stick it in the dryer or hang to dry on a hanger as the garment may shrink or get stretched out.
What's your inspiration?
Essentially, I'm an artist moonlighting as a fashion designer--literally. I am primarily a professional visual artist who does sculpture, photography, and installation work, and have worked as a graphic designer as well. I got a fine arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute and MFA from Stanford, and you can visit my art website to view things. You can read my anti-factory blog to learn more about my interests, and even visit my personal database *dendrite* for even more (whew!).
Everything's sold out! Where else can I buy Anti-Factory?
Eek! Things sell out fast in my online store. But visit my links page to see brick-and-mortar stores that carry my wares! And make sure you sign up for announcements (enter your email at the top of this page).
Cheers and thanks for your support!