• Ashlyn Shadden

Harkensback--feel like THE coolest person in the world in these clothes.

We discovered our newest vendor at a trunk show at our friend Cahoots Handbags. The simple yet edgy (yes, that is a real thing) designs won us over as soon as we opened the door. Like, knock you on your butt, this is real love, won us over. We are honored to have Harkensback (formerly known as Folksie) join us again at our fall show and you guys are going to be glad we introduced you.

In our opinion, owner Julie McCullough, is a major bad ass. Yes, we said it! But it is so true. Her style, confidence and vibe is intimidating -- but she is one of the nicest people you have yet to meet. She is giving, caring and honest--all things we appreciate in a person and a definite plus in a vendor when organizing a market like Boho Saint Jo.

Ok, fine. Now for some Harkensback backstory.

Owner/creator/designer/bad ass extraordinaire Julie McCullough has been in this line of business in some form or fashion since 2005. We introduced the line to you last show as Folksie, but Julie and crew have been busting it to bring to Boho Saint Jo an entirely new collection. The new line, paired with the favorites, are all under the McCullough label now. (You can find all of this at their shop Harkensback, in Bishop Arts.)

"Our mission is to create flattering, easy to wear garments that are seasonless and layerable .... all while paying an above average wage and helping our team to create better lives for themselves and their families."

Work family and a healthy working relationship is important to Julie. She keeps her team small (5 seamstresses, a cutter, a design assistant, an intern and Julie herself) and says they eat lunch together almost everyday and talk. In addition, Harkensback works hard to hear their customers and incorporate what they want to wear and the types of fabrics that work best.

Julie's most favorite part of her job is her late night studio design time. "I just turn on my crime shows and work into all hours creating new patterns and sewing by myself, no emails," she says.

"We are complimented most about our fit and that we serve all sizes." This is the truth and absolutely one of my favorite things about the line. Anytime this girl can wear a "one size fits all" is a huge high five and fist pump into the air. I have a piece that I wear regularly (as in once a week for the past year and a half) and it is still in perfect condition! If you do not own one of Julie's designs, you MUST! Take our word for it, you will be hooked.

If you cannot wait until Boho Saint Jo (I do not think I can) you can shop this wonderful line at their shop in Bishop Arts or online Harkensback.com. If you need a little direction from the master herself, Julie has some suggestions. She says, "We have a new Boucle Coat that I am obsessed with and always our Wimberly dress, which we have re-designed in new fabrics for Fall and we can't wait to bring them to the event!!!"

You can find Harkensback set up in a DOUBLE BOOTH outside on Howell Street Saturday, Oct. 27 at our fall show.

0 views0 comments