Ancliffe is a collection of well-crafted pieces designed to be easy to wear. Each style should feel good, age well and integrate into your wardrobe. I want these pieces to become your favorite pieces, the ones you want to wear every day and take with you on every vacation.
Hand-dyed fabrics play an important role in the first, current and upcoming seasons. The first collection featured discharge-dyed black twill salvaged from dead-stock from a previous clothing line i designed. I took each garment apart and hand dyed the panels to create a mottled look with depth of color from rust to black. Two styles were created in this fabric, each in limited quantities.
For my upcoming collection, I am using indigo dye on cotton and silk. Indigo is a natural dye that has historically been used in print and textiles. In combination with Shibori technique, the Japanese style of folding and manipulating fabric to create patterns, unique patterns result from the type of manipulation, the density of indigo dye, and quality of the fabric used. I primarily use origami-style folding, itajime shibori (the use of wood blocks to create resist) and kanoko shibori (the use of cotton string or thread to bind fabric) to create my patterns. The Shibori-made designs will then be specifically placed on the garment pattern before cutting to make each style unique; no two pieces will look alike.
Ancliffe is a limited edition women’s clothing line based in Portland, OR and designed by Rachel Ancliffe.
Special thanks for help and support go to: DaeSeok Park, Kara Yanagawa, Abra Ancliffe, Clayton Pledger, Michael Kingery, Chelsea Heffner, Megan Mesloh, Craig Thompson and Sierra, Diane and Tony Brush, Christine Taylor of Happy Playground, Ruth Becker, Sharon Gold, Mark Wald, Tess Darrow and Egg Press, Luce Cousineau, Tim Aguero, Giovanna Parolari, Scarlet Chamberlin, Char Schwobel, Nathan at Halo, Gretchen Hotz at Gold & Arrow Salon, and the Ladies Who Launch who were there at the beginning.