“The circle will come full circle, using pieces that don’t necessarily have a place in the collection, but we’re going to reinvent it into something special,” said Prober.
Prober has long had a passion for finding and preserving fragments that were thrown away at some point because they were no longer of use. She sources antique fabrics from the 18th to early 20th centuries at auctions and markets, and sometimes people contact her when they’ve inherited something that is meaningful to them, but they don’t know what make it.
Its philosophy is based on the desire to create conscious pieces and bring the stories embedded in them to life, sharing them with the next generation. There is so much work to be done to make a garment, she says, and consumers don’t always realize that it isn’t automated.
“We live in a society where it’s so easy to forget where we came from,” says Prober. “There are so many mass-market products these days, and it’s a whole different mindset. I appreciate the details of the past.
These details can be seen in the delicate handmade lace, embroidery and quilting of pieces in his studio, as well as in his ready-to-wear collections, which include custom textiles made from materials sourced from owners. family, local and small sustainable farms and mills.
Her business has invested in community engagement and has partnered with a female-founded, 100% female-run natural dye house in Lancaster, Pa., And a women’s lace guild in Kollam, India. . A certified sustainable and organic factory in India that manufactures materials for its ready-to-wear line is also providing full funding for all female employees and their children to attend school.
“The emphasis is on sustainability both for the environment and for people,” she says.