Skye Jay is Los Angeles based company that sources, and creates a carefully curated children’s collection of vintage and re-imagined vintage clothing and accessories for children. Owner and designer Hannah Vince takes her inspiration from her bohemian childhood in rural England, a love of things made by hand and from her rich knowledge of historical print. The aim is an ever-changing collection, finding beauty in the details, and perfection in the imperfections that add to narrative and history of piece. The repurposed vintage clothing comes by way of dead-stock, end of lines and delicate vintage fabrics as a sustainable and eco friendly practice.
I am inspired by the hours and days that may have been devoted to a single item of clothing, the precious details, the love and effort that was poured into these pieces. I love to collect and seek out these unique finds. I have a deep respect for a garments original creator and take great pride giving their work a new life as a reworked item for children (as my mother did for my brother and I) or as inspiration for our original line. We also source vintage fabric and materials that were never used. We reimagine the pieces and fragments of cloth that remain and that were never realized into something in the context of this line.
My aim is to re-use, and repurpose wherever possible. This is an eco-friendly practice. I source vintage fabrics and materials and give them a chance to be new again. I rework and modify many of the pieces. The sewing and labor involved with this I do myself. I am also working on creating a new line inspired by this model for which I plan to work with local pattern makers and sewers. If we emphasize quality we extend the lifespan of a garment. Children change sizes quickly. Our hope is that our pieces will be handed down, reused and passed on to the next generation to be re-worn, modified or re-purposed, continuing the cycle.