The Brooklyn-based designer Morgan Carper sure does like the road less traveled. After graduating from the University of Kansas with a degree in textile design and completing internships with designers like Jeremy Scott, she saved her pennies before setting off (all by herself!) on an eight-month voyage across Asia. What she encountered, beyond amazing food and incredible sights, were talented artists who were forced to work in large factories churning out mass-market fashion, thus stifling their creative customs. “It was frustrating to see these highly skilled artisans, who have been practicing a rich, traditional craft for their entire lives, have to leave that behind,” Morgan explains.
Her odyssey sparked an idea: Morgan decided to create her own line and to commission these local artisans to do block printing, beading, and embroidery to incorporate in her own work. By 2010, Morgan had launched her eponymous line that draws on all of her travel experiences—we’re talking India, Thailand, the Arizona high deserts—incorporating wanderlust-induced discoveries into every piece. Each collection tells the story of a recent adventure, pulling narrative from each destination’s textiles, beadwork, and other details that don’t often find their way onto clothing racks. And trips lined up to Joshua Tree, Yosemite, and Big Sur have us pretty damn excited for the killer collections to come. —monica derevjanik
Behind The Scenes
Watch Morgan Carper Fix Up Her Fort Greene Casa Extreme Makeover: Designer Home EditionWhen Morgan Carper—the force behind the textile-fueled apparel line of the same name—and her hubby, Chris Bradford, got their hands on a 125-year-old Fort Greene brownstone in February 2013, they were pumped to dive in and make it their own. “There’s still work to be done, but this house will constantly be a work in progress,” she says of her (very major) renovation. “I love the idea of growing and evolving into our home.” See what she’s done with the pl... READ MORE »
Morgan Carper Gets Outta Town Take a trip through each of her destination-focused collections.During an eight-month journey to basically every nook and cranny of Asia, Morgan Carper discovered an incredible number of unheard of local design techniques. “That trip was one of the most satisfying experiences of my life—to meet with different artisans and see how their craft had been preserved, and not preserved in some cases,” Morgan explains. “That’s when I knew I wanted to integrate travel into fashion.” So she set out on ... READ MORE »
How We’re Shopping the Morgan Carper Sale If we had to choose…(and we do.)The only bad thing about hosting sample sales on Of a Kind: We’re so tempted to spend all of our rent money on floaty jackets and sleek little dresses. And though we’re going to (try to) show some restraint, these are the pieces from the first sale, from color-and-texture whiz Morgan Carper, that we just diiie over. Click here to shop the full sale—up to 71% off, guys!—until Wed., Feb. 13 at 9:30a ET!Claire (left)Tola crinkle gauze top in onyx ($103.68—original... READ MORE »