As part of our fashion focus for the month of September, we kicked off an upcycling contest to see what kinds of creative ideas you guys can come up with using fashion and embroidery. For a little extra inspiration, we invited local rockstar fashion designer Tim Navarro of Tim+Thom to share his take on upcycling with embroidery.
Tim has been involved in everything from curating local fashion events and showing collections, to Project Runway. Last week I got to hang out with Tim in his studio as he created a one-of-a-kind creation for Urban Threads.
Friday we’ll share with you Tim’s full tutorial on how to upcycle a plain hoodie into a stylish leather-trimmed jacket, but today we’re offering a little sneak peek into his studio, the project, and a glimpse of some of his past work in fashion.
TIM+THOM started with the desire to create clothes that enhance personality and evoke confidence in the wearer. Their passion for the industry still grows and focuses on the entire package.
The twin brother design duo of Tim and Thom Navarro consider fashion a fine art that builds community. As advocates for fashion and the arts, they are committed to strengthening the relationship between those who wear their label, those who work behind the scenes and all who attend their productions.
For TIM+THOM, fashion isn’t just about clothes; it’s about creating inspiring events and creative communities. They have been the curators of numerous fashion events around the Minneapolis area, and participated in even more.
Tim has worked with incorporating embroidery into his designs before, like in this piece from the Red Dress Collection featuring the Blackthorn designs.
Tim has also designed numerous collections for men and women, often with a vintage twist. He was even involved with Project Runway, appearing as one of the 18 contestants at the start of season 13.
With Tim’s love of vintage style and sharp lines, it’s always a treat to see what he comes up with next. So of course, we couldn’t end without sharing a sneak peek of tomorrow’s project…
From a plain hoodie to a chic jacket with leather and embroidery detailing, all with a few steps and a FREE exclusive pattern from Tim+Thom. The amazing embroidery you see on there is also a sneak peek of the new Dark Creatures collection. Everything will be available on Urban Threads Friday, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!
If you’re inspired by all the upcycling fun happening around here, be sure to enter your own creations into Urban Threads Fall Fashion Contest before Sept. 30! You can find all the contest details here.
If you still can’t get enough of Tim’s fashion after Friday’s tutorial, you can always see his next event LARK on Sept. 25 in Minneapolis. LARK is an engaging runway event that highlights the vibrant local design community, and is Co-presented by the historic Minneapolis Club. You can find out more about the event or purchase tickets here.
fashion photos courtesy of Garret Born Photography