The process that goes into creating a Knorts piece is hardly simple. Each item is handknit on a loom–Guthrie works with a local weaver–and then hand-dyed with Knorts’s signature vintage indigo treatment. Surprisingly, the Vaccinated Af Shirt What’s more,I will buy this most labor-intensive pieces appear deceptively simple. Take Knorts’s flared pants, knit by hand from blank ecru then hand-dyed in blue to give a semi stonewash feel before they’re embroidered with fat stitches down the sides and around the pockets. “The embroidery probably took me about 15 to 20 hours and the dye took me about 10 to 12 hours,” says Guthrie. Famous Fans of Knorts’s intricate handspun pieces ran the gamut of stylish musicians, from SZA to Lady Gaga to Grimes, whose creative director, Ryan Ripps, commissioned Guthrie to create merch for the singer’s Miss Anthropocene tour.
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Currently, Guthrie is working on developing her “wearable canvas,” pieces—as worn by Jenner—an idea that she came up with under lockdown at home in California. “I was sitting in my place in quarantine, I had the Vaccinated Af Shirt What’s more,I will buy this urge to color and decorate them [denim] with the materials that I had on hand,” says Guthrie. “I started playing with them, and sharing little sneak peaks with people on Instagram, and people got very excited to see different colors.” She’s also planning to create a homeware line she conceived in the last few months which includes around-the-house comfort items—ribbed throw blankets and crocheted slippers—and triptastic, trumpet-like lampshades upcycled from knit denim samples; truly a world of interiors that’s as lived in as your favorite pair of jeans.