Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Alternative Fashion: Lex, SmarmyClothes

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
About 8 years ago, when I was combining reconstructed fashion + fabric painting in my work, I came across an Indie fashion designer called Lex from her website What the Craft (Cool name!) and her clothing line called SmarmyClothes. I was immediately impressed with her work and became such a fan of her clothing. Lex combines reconstructed fashion with alternative/grungy/edgy style; I most of all like the edginess. Lex also provides "Design your Own" system encouraging customers to send her a shirt to collaborate with her on her work in transforming the shirt according to customers' requests.

After 8 years of being her fan and following her work on her website, I finally contacted her on Twitter to ask her if I can feature her work on The Artsy Craftsy. And she replied! Agreeing to my request! Super excited to feature Lex's punk rock and DIY fashion.

Thus, I present you my years of inspiration when I turned shirts-into-corsets, and the reason why I still love reconstructed fashion. Thank you Lex!

Wow! I think this one is my favourite!

Lex was kind enough to provide me a little write up about herself, Lex said:

"SmarmyClothes started as something I did for fun. When I first got into sewing, I was just making things for myself. When I realized I was going to run out of closet space if I kept at it, I decided to try selling it. I was instantly hooked. And the major bonus was that by selling what I made, I always had a little extra money for more supplies. I'm a fabric junkie.I'd been selling for several years by the time I graduated from nursing school, and I decided that I wanted to continue designing clothes instead of pursuing nursing.My website used to focus mainly on one of a kind pieces. I also have a "design your own" system where a customer can send me a shirt and we collaborate together to come up with a unique design. Over the past few years, I've added a lot more "made to order" custom designs. I still love creating the one of a kind items because I can get as crazy as I want, but I didn't like being limited by the sizing issues. Having a selection of made to order designs allows me to offer them to anyone in any size."

Visit SmarmyClothes and support her blog. Lex also plays Bass in a Punk Band. \m/

*Photos and info courtesy of Lex, SmarmyClothes / What the Craftt


  1. These are so pretty! please please let me know if you like my latest purchase from disturbia clothing.

    Mindy, http://www.rebelstateclothing.com/Product-904/Disturbia-Clothing/T-Shirts/Disturbia-Womens-See-You-In-Hell-Tee-Black

    1. Hi Mindy,

      Thank you! Yes they are aren't they. I hope u like Smarmy Clothes as much as I do too. =) Ooooh Your Disturbia Clothing is awesome! I likeee!

  2. I guess maybe I've lot a little weight - this seemed a little large but I still like it because I'm not someone looking for a "skin tight" fit. The fabric is nice and soft. I purchased same top at http://www.apparelnbags.com/alternative/index.htm