Everything about our new collaboration with reworked vintage label As Ever feels, well, meant to be. The story behind it, involving a small group of women, a man with a sewing machine and a shared love of jumpsuits, is just too good not to tell.
Mark Kolski never thought he’d end up with his own clothing line, creating one-of-a-kind reworked vintage gems under the moniker As Ever. Upon first moving to NYC, he worked at a store selling western wear, then at an outdoor flea market dealing vintage clothes—gaining knowledge about sourcing he still uses today. From there, he moved on to producing commercial advertising, TV and film, before renovating restaurants (check out his handiwork at Dirty Bird, which Mark swears has the best fried chicken in NYC). The renovation thing stuck, until an arm injury forced him to make a change.
Since they’re experts in all things fashion-y, fun and super-relatable, we couldn’t wait to have the team at Man Repeller take our denim for a test-drive—and as you’ll see in this video, they were totally up for the challenge. Check out the serious(ly funny) results above, then get to know the leading ladies below.
Calling all BFFs, GFs, moms, sisters—in short, the ladies we love in our lives: We want to celebrate you. To get into the spirit for our annual Gal Pal Val(entine’s) Day parties across all stores (which include schmoozing, snacking and crafting, btw), we asked a few members of Team Madewell to shout out their besties below. Get inspired and start dreaming up the cute card you’ll make for your own.
You can talk about music all you want, but at a certain point, you just want to hear it. On that note, literally, we asked our in-house music expert Lindsey to recommend something we should be listening to right now—in one sentence or less.
Ah, the ’70s—an endless font of wardrobe inspiration that we always seem to find ourselves tapping into. Lately, we’ve been focused on the DIY-ness of that time. Think destructed, reconstructed, pieced-together denim that’s unique and personal yet ready to wear with anything in your closet.
A new year calls for starting fresh, setting resolutions (that you’re really, really gonna keep this time) and, of course, trying new takes on old faves. We’re all about taking basics up a notch, so here’s our roundup of some next-level staples that we’re already reaching for on the regular.
IN DEFENSE OF STICKING WITH A SMALL BAG
an essay by Alexis Cheung
Like it or not, a purse conveys your personality. An “it” bag, for instance, suggests you’re into seeing where new trends take you. A tote bag insists you’re someone who prefers practicality. While a small bag communicates that you’re not a woman who schleps for unseen scenarios, but one who’s ready for spontaneity.