About Us: Bio 2019

Sharon London is dedicated to easy to wear, individualized eco-conscious fashion. Deeply rooted in a fine art & painters' background we design and make from a formal language of understanding the female figure. With attention to color, line, movement and light we create a contemporary look that is timeless & versatile. Our history of working with vintage textiles from across the centuries & around the world have taught us the importance of the intrinsic quality of our materials. We use Italian knits, organic cotton and wool  that are soft to the skin & functional for work, travel & play. We offer our customers an interactive creative process by offering a custom made wearable work of art.

Sharon and Carl now show at various Fine Art and Craft shows around the USA including the Smithsonian Museum, Amercian Craft Council, Baltimore, Paradise City, One of a Kind and the PA Guild . Check their show schedule to find the latest updates where you can find them in person.


ABOUT US

Sharon London Designs for Women are made in the Hudson Valley, New York by design team Sharon Broit and Carl Mateo. Sharon and Carl's careers as artists, designers, boutique owners and stylists have found them joyously dressing women from all over the world, all walks of life and all shapes and sizes via the Portabello Road Shows, Covent Garden and Camden Lock in London, Sharon's home town, and in New York City via their shop on the Lower East Side, various galleries, stores, art and fashion shows including Bryant Park. 


Sharon and Carl have stayed on a passionate path developing a conscious, inventive, creative and sustainable business model that they are excited to share with their loyal customers.

 

Sharon London Bio 2019

Sharon London Designs has a long committed history of sustainability, recycling, and reclaiming.  

As artists living in industrial Brooklyn, they began sourcing vintage clothing preserving and restoring treasures that otherwise would never have seen the light of day again. This began their deep voray into sustainability and recycling with the creation of a vintage clothing business in New York City. 

With their concern and care for the environment they were on the forefront of  the reconstructed neo-romantic vintage movement in the 1990’s. Starting at the Chelsea Flea Market selling upcycled, designs using the history and style from previous generations to inform the present and utilizing materials that would otherwise end up in landfills.  

Making vintage contemporary again, they developed a line of reconstructed vintage dresses, which led to the creation of their boutique on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Their reconstructed vintage dresses were a hit with the funky downtown scene of musicians, artists, designers and creators.  They had critical success, won awards and had numerous pieces in TV shows and movies.

This experience inspired Sharon and Carl to develop the Sharon London Designs line of today. To create their line they have incorporated all areas of their creative history in vintage clothing and textiles while being informed by Sharon’s fine art explorations.  An integral part of this history continues to be their determination to use sustainable and recycled materials in efforts to fight back against the waste that has been a devastating bi-product of the Fashion Industry. Sharon and Carl have stayed true to their passion for art and design while creating  a conscious, inventive and sustainable product for women of all sizes and ages that is easy to wear, easy to care for, while being stylish and unique. 

By using sustainably researched fabrics such as organic cotton, viscose and tencel, made from trees and bamboo, Sharon London Designs create fiber art made to last a lifetime. Their Knitwear is 100% Egyptian cotton grown in a responsible, sustainable manner and spun in a small artisan mill in Italy. Their hand drawn designs are knitted and sewn in the Hudson Valley, NY in classic simple fits. Avoiding the trappings and waste of mass production, Sharon London dresses and knitwear are made individually in small batches and custom made to order in Sharon and Carl’s zero waste studio powered by the sun. 

Sharon and Carl are now based in the Hudson Valley, New York where they custom make their line in limited edition and one of a kind fabrics developed for their soft hand, color and movement to be flattering and easy to wear.

Sharon and Carl received the annual award from the Lower East Side Business District for their entrepreneurial spirit and contribution to the creative revitalization of the L. E. S Business District. They have been written about in New York Magazine and were voted the winners of the 'New York Look' for Wish you Were Here, a NYC/London exchange in Carnaby Street, London, UK.  They have been in Teen Vogue, Time Out, Zagat, The New York Post, French Grimbaud, In New York, Racked, WWD and numerous eco magazines and blogs. Their favorite press photos by Ellen Von Unwerth were from the very last photo shoot at CBGB’s alongside Dior, Gucci and YSL.

Sharon London Designs have been worn by numerous musicians including Amanda Palmer, Kate Pierson and Nora Jones. Sharon London clothing and accessories have been used in TV shows including "Sex in the City" and "Ugly Betty",as well as numerous films including"Confessions of a Shopaholic" ,"The Ice Storm" and "A Most Violent Year".

Their boutique was a resource for many designers including Marc Jacobs, Marni, Patricia Fields, Gucci, Manolo Blahnik, Ralph Lauren, Christian Louboutin and Anna Sui. Their collections are regularly worn by Russian model and celebrity Olga Samodumova, Brooke Shields and many other fabulous women from around the globe.

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