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Why We Make Workwear

 

We believe in owning what you do, and standing proud in representation of your trade.

Gamine is an exploration of femininity and worn character.  As we look to accommodate the needs of different trades– and as Yankee gardeners and geologists ourselves– we aim to tread lightly by creating products that support sustainable manufacturing and the lost art of mending. We choose to work with textiles that are selected with great consideration for their ruggedness and ability to highlight the work and story of the worker. 

In keeping with the outstanding tradition of American-made workwear, our collection highlights American utility and construction, tailored silhouettes, and natural fabrics that define the graceful, good-humored beauties who work with their hands. To ensure longevity, every garment sold in our shop is beta tested by gardeners, geologists, farmers, and weekend warriors.

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Garden Grown, Field Tested

 

all of our products are built for real work.

The inspiration for "Honest Workwear For Women" grew out of hard work, and the desire to create products where form and functionality are not mutually exclusive. 

Gamine Workwear is designed by Taylor Johnston, a gardener and garden designer based in NYC and Coastal New England.  Knowing how important it is to create gear that holds up to hard work, every Gamine product (and repair technique) is put to work in the garden before it's added to the shop.

As you would expect from the mind of a gardener, every product in the shop is made with all natural materials. Our collection is about reminding people that it's important to have pride in what you do, and that anything worth doing is worth doing well. 

 

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The Gamine "Business Model"

 

We strive to be honest every step of the way, so you should know how we operate–And why we've chosen to do so.

Here's the deal: when we started Gamine in the spring of 2014 we wanted to share the gear that we spent years perfecting as we continued to work hard on our other passions.  As we devote our time to perfecting our trades (gardening and geology) and care deeply about making high quality garments with real human beings, you will find that our shelves are sometimes empty. 

We remain committed to bringing top notch workwear to market in the most sustainable, affordable means possible. We don't believe in waste, so we work with our seamstresses to create smaller runs of our products during specific times of year (ideally pre and post New England frost). While unconventional, we believe in doing what make us happy and that means spending time outside working with our hands.

We deeply appreciate your interest and excitement in our products as we balance our commitment to the quality and archaeology of our garments and our passion for hard work outside the studio doors.

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Sustainability

 
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we do our best to make smart choices that mitigate the social and environmental costs of Making clothing.

As "workers" ourselves, we are acutely aware of how our production choices affect people and the environment.  We believe in providing value; to that end we balance the social and environmental costs of making long lasting, beautiful garments, and structure our manufacturing, shipping, and fulfillment processes to tread lightly.

With a focus on time tested materials and small batch manufacturing, we are always thinking about durability, mend-ability, comfort, and style. In addition to being mindful on the production end of our business, we also aim to eliminate as much waste (print outs and plastic) as possible in our packaging and correspondence.  With your support, as we slowly grow our business, we are excited to continue to improve our process to do better.

We are inspired by the long game. From raw materials to the jobs at our partner factories, we are in this for the long haul and hope to provide a counter point to the fast, synthetic vision of clothing made for those of us who work hard. In an ever more disposable world, our hope is that each Gamine garment is treasured, personalized, and reflective of our hardworking, graceful, good-humored sisters.

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Partners

 

Gamine workwear is built by humans paid a living wage, and sewn using time-honored techniques

Many hours, conversations, and miles go into finding our beloved partners. As always, we strive to be super transparent about the process behind our products. With a passion for honed manual work ourselves, we partner with the finest textile companies, seamstresses, and independent businesses to bring you our ever-evolving line of workwear for women.

All our products are proudly made by people paid a living wage, given health insurance, and who have logged 10,000 hours (and then some) perfecting their crafts.

Gamine Dungarees

Each pair of Gamine Co. dungarees is made by hand by the experts in small town (i.e., pop 266) Tennessee, USA.  There you will find members of the founding family cutting and sewing the way they've been doing for decades. Pre-NAFTA, the skilled and hardworking humans at our beloved factory were making jeans for companies like Levi's.  When things moved off shore, they were left with layoffs and having to piece things together.  We are proud to keep the hands at our factory busy and continue to put to use the specialized vintage sewing machines that we depend on to produce garments of the highest quality and integrity.  Every considered aspect of our dungarees, from the thread, the denim, the zipper, to the custom buckle, are proudly crafted here in the U.S.

Denim

The 13 oz selvage denim used to make Gamine dungarees comes from the fabled, White Oak Cone denim mill, where denim has been produced since 1905.  The American Draper X3 fly shuttle looms used to make this superior selvage denim date from the 1940’s. According to folks at Cone, “the vintage aspect of [the] looms combined with the fact that these machines sit on the original turn of the century wood floors, creates a rhythm and motion that is uniquely woven into these fabrics.”  It’s not an exaggeration to say that some of the highest quality denim in the world is made at Cone’s White Oak mill. 

Trousers

Since 1922, Dickies is a brand synonymous with iconic American made workwear.  Pieces made under the Dickies 1922 label feature premium materials and Made in the USA construction, replicating thoughtful workwear details of some of Dickies’ most timeless pieces of the past century – all while celebrating the legacy of toughness and pride behind the Dickies brand.

Hats

Born out of the great millinery tradition of New York City, Brookes Boswell Millinery was founded in 2009. Brookes Boswell started her studio after an apprenticeship with one of the city’s longtime milliners. Her background in architectural design, fine art and textiles, give Brookes a keen eye for precision, a love of fine materials, and an appreciation for the construction techniques used in the trade. Working directly with Brookes we are proud to offer a selection of hats that combine functional detailing with a classic aesthetic. Each hat is meticulously crafted by hand in Portland, Oregon.

 

Our Models

Real. Bad. Babes.

 
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Alice Saunders

Our OG gamine, Alice is a complete and total badass.  Celebrating her love of history and textiles, she designs and sews incredible bags for her label, Forestbound in Boston.  When not in the studio, Alice is likely on the track and encouraging others to get out and move in honor of those who no longer can via her project Long May They Run.

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Keely Curliss

Working as a farmer and youth activist, Keely spends her days working as a crew leader and Farmer at the Food Project.  The Food Project is based around Boston and grows over a quarter-million pounds organic produce, with thousands of pounds of produce donated to local hunger relief organizations. 

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Kayla Sudduth

 Working as an organic veggie and flower farmer on the farm coast of Massachusetts, Kayla is a force for inclusion and support for women.  When not farming, she is pursuing a career as a midwife. Kayla believes women should have the ability to choose their own path and celebrates independence through education.