BY JOANNE LAUCIUS, OTTAWA CITIZEN
Jeff Garner comes by his fashion influences honestly. He grew up on a horse farm in Franklin, Tennessee, inspired by the dressmaking techniques of the Civil War era, when gowns were taken apart to create new dresses.
And that’s where the sustainability comes in. Garner reimagines the silhouettes of the past and gives them a twist. He works with recycled materials and fabrics like flax and hemp, naturally softened with baking soda. He uses plant and earth-based dyes from a community garden in Nashville.