Who Are Some Fairfield Clothing Designers?
Clad in tube-sock rompers complete with hoods, Jennifer Butler’s dolls were some of the most avant-garde in her neighborhood. “I came up for the idea myself, the striped part of the sock was the hem. Of course, where I’m from, this wasn’t even a thing,” she says, gesturing to her sun-dappled studio on the second floor of a brick loft in Fairfield’s Sportsplex.
This being a successful fashion label that bears her name. As the face and person behind Jennifer Butler, the 49-year-old puts out two collections a year, each comprising 70 pieces, as well as bespoke pieces. Butler is one of a few Fairfield-based fashion designers. There’s also Carmen de la Brena of Giuliana’s Boutique. “We do make custom clothing, made to order, and offer alterations on clothing from the store and also from outside of the store,” de la Brena says.
By the time she was 15, Butler had a small collection of dresses. She took them to a local shop, and the owner agreed to pay her if the dresses sold. They did, and she was on her way. A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Butler attended evening classes at the Rhode Island School of Design and worked as a tailor’s apprentice by day. Flash forward to November 2007, when Butler move to Fairfield and opened a store on the Post Road. She feels that Fairfield is the perfect market for what she does. She can hop on the train and find herself in Manhattan’s Garment District in just over an hour.
Come autumn, expect shades of her favorite color green—olive, forest—and also gray. Also daywear cut from jersey and lightweight wools, tweeds, and faux suede. As a vegetarian, Butler never uses leather or suede. Butler hired a full-time seamstress some years ago but she still cuts everything and hand finishes everything herself. Skirts in the collection range between $190 and $400. A custom dress ranges between $400 and $1,800.