Geoffrey B. Small 110th Paris collection presentation to date and their most ambitious array of new extreme handmade technologies, techniques, fabrications and shapes from renowned GBS Sartoria workrooms at Cavarzere Venezia which they believe is the greatest working designer tailoring team in the world today.
Geoffrey B. Small is a pioneer in avant-garde design and making clothes by hand. Since 1993, he has shown more collections in Paris than any American designer, and his concepts continue to lead the designer industry at the highest level. He began his career in 1976 working as a blue jeans salesclerk for the Gap Stores in Boston. From 1979-1980, after working for 3 years selling jeans for the Gap Stores and starting a small business with an old Singer sewing machine in his parents attic making clothes for friends, he was judged a winner from over 34,000 competitors by Bill Blass, Calvin Klein, Geoffrey Beene and Elsa Klensch in the largest fashion design competitions in North America.
From 1984-1987, he created a national phenomenon in the industry and sold almost one million dollars worth of a single white shirt he designed (“the Ultimate Shirt”), from his house in Newton Massachussetts through the pages of American Vogue magazine.
Geoffrey B. Small and his staff pioneered over thirty major recycle design technique innovations later adopted by, and credited to, many others among them Martin Margiela, Alexander McQueen, Comme des Garcons, Dolce & Gabbana, Paul Smith, Dirk Bikkembergs, Helmut Lang, Miguel Adrover, E2, Angelo, and the Great China Wall.
1. the use of inserts, 2. the 2-piece recycle twinset 3. themed recycle collections based upon a particular concept or garment type 4. inside out, 5. metamorphosisizing garment types (changing the original use of the garment into a different type or use) 6. half&half 7. tape bands 8. mesh 9. camouflage 10. plastic 11. metal 12. electronic components (applying solid state computer components into recycled clothing designs) 13. graffiti tagging 14. painted leather 15. painted jeans 16. zippers 17. the pinch seam 18. inside pinch seam 19. inside exposed overlock seam 20. laser and silkscreen prints on pants, jackets, button-down shirts, leather and knitwear 21. chiffon over jersey 22. holes 23. label outside 24. intarsia stitching 25. convertibles (2-in-1 or 3-in-1 garments that can be changed into bags, backpacks or alternative garments) 26. slashed knitwear 27. antique patches 28. ergonomic cutting and stitching 29. overdying 30. denim and khaki 31. refitting menswear into womenswear 32. customizing repairs 33. developing the world’s most comprehensive standards and methods for production of recycled clothing.