Besides her very special and modernist art, Ethel Sharp is known for her style; taking the best silhouettes of the decades and transforming them into what would become her iconic look - casual elegance, effortless cool. In the 50s, Ethel got known for her "Sharp" comments about the decades fashions. She was a popular guest to have at parties and fashion events but she didn't fear leaving harsh comments about dresses that "turned women into cakes, for men to cut a piece of" ans suits that "trapped women like statues in art history - the dull ones you walk by in a museum".
She did, however, like the colors, patterns and jewelry of the 50s, as much as she appreciated the slacks of the 40s and the slim legged cigarette pants of the 60s. Ethel could mix a pair of worn 40s men's worker khaki slacks with a neat 50s women's tie blouse, leather 60s "flip flop" flats and top it off with lots of bold, chunky jewelery.
During her travels, both as a kid with her parents and as a grown up through Africa, Europe, Asia and Central/South America, she collected lots of inspiration and items. All of these objects gathered in her home, a spacious old ranch in the deserts of Nevada, which she rebuilt in a mid-century style. The adobe house was combined with a new building - her studio - with hacienda style wood roof, adobe walls and at front, a big angeled window overlooking the wide spread desert duens, buettes and mountains. Ethel loved the sun and in a famous interview in the late 50s she makes the reporter try out her new pool with her, drying in the sun together after the swim. "I'm like a cactus" Sharp told the reporter. "If I just get enough sun and a little water now and then, I can thrive for decades". The reporter, who wasn't used to the strong desert sun and was starting to feel a bit dizzy, quietly replied "Well you sure sting like one if one comes to close...". Sharp didn't reply to that, but the photographer, who was allowed to take photos of everything but her, said she smirked.
A jacket inspired by sports-, leisure and casual fashion of the 1940s. Features a custom made weave at the back, paired with corduroy at the front, sleeves and peplum in your choice of color. Metal zipper at front and top pockets. Fully lined inside and pockets - can be made with extra warm Shetland wool lining. The inside of the jacket also feature a hanger hook and an adjustable waistband. ES40 is a perfect jacket for both fall, winter and spring, paired with jeans and pants as well as skirts and dresses.
A jacket inspired by casual wear and motorcycle fashions of the 1950s. A unisex model that can be waist length or hip length - with the adjustable straps at the bottom and on the sleeves it adjusts to your preferable shape and look.
ES50 can feature:
- a custom flat weave at the back
- a custom flat weave at both back and front
- a custom made rya weave at back and front
and paired with either corduroy, leather or suede.
Pockets can be inserted inside or outside upon request. Optional lining for the rya version, fully lined in the flat weave versions.
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Corduroy, leather or suede? Which color? Do you want your jacket to be lined or not? How
many pockets? You’ll be able to see and feel the samples on the meeting, but please start to
consider which one is your favorite combination ahead of the meeting. For more info, see
All woven pieces are custom and completely hand made from your wishes and
measurements. On the meeting you’ll be able to put together your color scheme with real
yarns and/or wish for certain colors to be dyed. The weaves, or tapestries, can be done in
three different price levels and looks;
The look/pattern of the weave is a collaboration between the customer’s ideas and the
artistry and style of weaver Miriam Parkman. Each weave will be completely unique and last
for decades when cared for properly. The colors may fade slightly in time, only to evolve into
another beautiful look, as all colors are put together to go well in both bright and muted
Please consider which type of weave you would like before the meeting, and if you’d want a
single (backside) or double (back + front) weave.
At the meeting, which will take place at either the studio of Miriam Parkman or Amanda
Sharp, or at the shop Tygverket in Stockholm, you’ll get to try on a “size toile” of the model
you’ve chosen. Amanda will make adjustments on the toile to fit your body. We’ll look at
samples of fabrics and yarn and choose the design for your jacket. We kindly ask you to
carefully read through all the steps and to come prepared to the meeting. If you have
questions we gladly respond to them at the meeting!
The price for each jacket depends on choice of weave and materials but starts at 10.000 SEK. Final price on request or on meeting. Well aware that our jackets are expensive, we offer two options for payment. We hope this
will make it easier if you need to plan this investment and divide the payment in parts!
- Pay direct
We’ll send an invoice after the meeting. When the payment is in, we’ll start working on
- Divided payment
After the meeting, we’ll send an invoice with three separate payment dates. The first one
will be set 14 days after the meeting. After we receive that payment we’ll begin working
on the jacket. The second date will be set exactly one month after the first, and the third
date exactly one month after the second. You can choose yourself how much you want
to put on each payment, but the first payment has to be minimum 2000 sek.
Please note that the process of making the jacket will stop if payments are late. As our
products aren’t seasonal, there’s no rush or hurry in “getting them before they’re gone”.
In other words, we encourage planned and conscious consumption where some
purchases might need to be saved (and longed!) for.
The production time for a jacket may vary from 2-6 months. At the meeting we will give you
a current update!
Amanda Sharp is a seamstress with an immaculate eye for construction and detail. Miriam Parkman is a hand weaver with a passion for bright colors and the possibilty of ”painting with yarns” that the loom offers her. They have both collected vintage garments from the 1930s-1960s for years and have a mutual admiration for the styles, cuts and qualities of the plast. With the brand Ethel Sharp - the name taken from Miriam’s middle name and Amanda’s last name - they’ve created a story about a fictional mid-century artist, who’s imaginary wardrobe they now re-create.
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