photo credit: Matisse Yoshihara

photo credit: Matisse Yoshihara

 
 

Five-eighths of an inch was a standard measurement used for seam allowances on vintage home sewing patterns. By calling the brand five8ths, we are evoking an era where quality, fit, and craftsmanship were valued by the general consumer, and not relegated to the luxury corner of the market. We reject the fast fashion industry's values of more, cheaper, and disposable. We see five8ths as part of a growing trend of designers and consumers who want fewer, higher quality, better fitting clothes that are worn more often. Through clothing we hope to, in our small way, make a more stylish, less wasteful world.

Seam allowance is the extra material cut in order to sew a seam. The seam allowances on modern clothes tend to be smaller than five-eighths of an inch, which is just one of the many signs that quick, cheap construction is prioritized over details that make a difference in aesthetics, comfort, and durability. The seam allowance, a detail many people don't notice, might seem like an obscure choice for a brand name, but for us it represents an entirely different era, when clothes were made, bought, and worn in ways that stand in stark contrast to the current era of fast fashion.

At five8ths:

  • Each garment is handmade, one at a time, using fine sewing techniques. We consider it an art-form to construct and sculpt each piece.

  • Fabrics are chosen with aesthetics, quality, and ecological impact in mind. Our fabrics consist mainly of cottons and linens from Italy, Japan, and South Africa.

  • Each item is designed with thoughtfulness and attention to detail, with the goal of producing favored wardrobe staples.

  • We prioritize fit in the design and construction process. Our standard sizes are made in small increments in order to provide a closer fit to a wider range of bodies. We also offer the option of bespoke sizing, in which a unique pattern is drafted to fit a specific individual.

 
 
 photo credit: Matisse Yoshihara

photo credit: Matisse Yoshihara