What instantly caught my eye at Sodafine, a vintage women’s and indie designer boutique on Grand Street in Williamsburg, were the tomato-red, 1950s-style, hot pants from SDN, the label of Clinton Hill-based designer Marcus Hicks.
The material is a wonderful old floral print remnant. Eco-conscious styling, such as using recycled fabric, is a cornerstone of Sodafine’s owner Erin Weckerle’s business. Also on the recyclage and mid-century vibe is this skirt , Weckerle’s own handiwork. A graduate of Philadelphia’s Tyler School of Art and from Yale’s MFA program in painting, she retooled this vintage lightweight canvas into a skirt, yet even evoking more nostalgia. The high waist and the soft kick pleats are stylish, both reflecting current trends, but also Dior’s New Look of the late 1940s and early 1950s.
The cream-colored fabric is tough-wearing and repurposed, both hallmarks of fashion that takes present economy into account. The forest green vertical stripes, hand-painted by Weckerle, add further dimension to the pleats. The classic detailing makes this one-of-a-kind skirt workplace friendly; while its brush strokes add whimsy appropriate for concerts, dinner or a simple weekend daytime stroll. Considering that the skirt is handcrafted, its $128 price makes this look even more of a fit for this turn of the decade.