How did you get into fashion?
Eva - My mother always inspired me to be somewhat aware of how clothing could be used as a form of expression. Hers was subtle and understated, but she was always so cool and resourceful. Early on for me, fast fashion didn't exist yet, so most of my clothes were bought in second hands shops, which left me with a strong appreciation for the quality and timeless beauty in a vintage piece. I eventually decided to enroll in school for apparel design in 2006 and have worked in the industry ever since.
Lindsay - I started working in retail when I was 15 years old. I used to try clothes on in my room for hours, mixing thrift store and flea market finds to create outfits. I always liked the idea that clothing can be somewhat transformative in that you can put on one piece and your whole mood and look can shift.
After working in retail for many years, I also dabbled in buying. I think the combination of appreciating the quality, care, and time it takes to make the fine goods I was selling in retail, along with the energy I remembered at all the trade shows is what made me decide to stay in the apparel industry as an adult, and eventually hone my skills in design.
We met during a previous job in the apparel industry, and after a year of working alongside each other, we eventually bonded over our core values, and of course our love for vintage and quality made clothing.
What inspired the name, Devore Poole?
We thought over so many, but ultimately decided to go with both of our last names, Eva Devore & Lindsay Poole. We wanted to keep it true to who we are.
As a designer, what are your major influences?
Eva - I'm often drawn to juxtaposition in textures, colors, or silhouettes whether it's in clothing, art, nature, anywhere really. Finding inspiration in everyday moments is important to me, there is beauty all around us. I am always inspired by creative & outspoken women and men.
Lindsay - Inspiration can be found in everyday things for me as well. I’m inspired by nature, my friends, family, the dry grass and mustard seeds that are in abundance in my hometown, traveling, art, music, architecture, the clean lines of the corner of the table I am looking at right now, ha! Everything!
Designers we adore are Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake, the Olsen twins.
What is your design philosophy?
We always begin with the hand-quality and texture of the fabric, then we create a story with that and design from there. We’re always keeping in mind the drape of the fabric in the body styles we create, and ask ourselves: is it comfortable, flattering, and is it something we ourselves would wear?
We have and will continue to be committed to designing and producing ethically and sustainably.
How would you describe the typical Devore Poole wearer?
A strong, intellectual, sophisticated human who appreciates minimal design, quality, comfort, and style.
Why is it important for your designs to be a-seasonal?
We design timeless pieces so that you can keep them in your closet and wear for many years to come. Creating a core collection with additional limited edition items you can mix, layer, and style in your own way is the ultimate for us, and it will never go out of style.
What are you currently working on?
Right now, we are currently designing a new collection that will be available Spring 2019. It will be a very small capsule collection that we're excited about!
What can we expect from Devore Poole over the next few years?
We will remain true to our core values producing responsibly, ethically, and as sustainable as we can. You can expect to see us in more stores, and expect more collections and limited edition pieces available as web exclusives.