Ever since I read this post on AT last year, I've been meaning to find out what's been going on with J. Morgan Puett. D, do you remember her shop in SoHo?
It was on Wooster. The shop was another world - filled with her memories of a childhood in the South and her clothing that struck a balance between beauty and practicality. Her pieces were always imbued with a sense of history and place, and very wearable. And for me, the memory of her shop is always inextricably tied to Kelly & Ping's pad thai, which was a few doors down. Sorry, JMP! I guess this is where my strong attachment to the South and my Asian roots intersected.
With a move to rural Pennsylvania with her family, she has been working on a variety of art projects. One project in particular caught my attention -- Cottage Industry:
In Charleston, SC, I have created a small business in a vernacular structure, in response to issues of commerce, history, and labor in the city. A new clothing collection is at the core of the project!
One of my favorite designers, in one of my favorite towns, doing what she does best. Isn't everything just beautiful? This particular project is from 2002. I wonder whether the collection is still available, and where?
UPDATE: Mildred's Lane.