My name is Jennifer M. Brown. Under The Root began for me almost ten years ago with the intention of moving fabrics across the body to capture the essence of movement.
The ideas and dreams were growing like grass on my brain and fingernails. The skillset with textiles had just began to develop and continues to lighten my grasp with the human body and deepen the desires with running fabrics across the skin.
The Company, Under The Root, began in Chicago while designing and producing pieces for performers, clients, and necessity. It has continued, since 1998, to create delicates with sustainable and reclaimed, repurposed textiles.
The structures are designed to connect wearers with their personal charm, burlesque nature, conscious responsibility, and utilitarianism character. Each pattern has the inclination to uncover an individual’s sensuality and playfulness. This discovery, then releases the humor and desire for textiles that overlay the skin and ‘turn on’ the needs of what breathes underneath.
Today, each handmade structure reflects the use of materials and the grace of the human body. The designs display the nostalgia of the vintage eras they represent and the functionality needed for the 21st Century.
The collection of materials being drawn from include vintage textiles, sustainable fabrics, recycled and reclaimed textiles from glorious, miscellaneous finds, and the ever-growing cutoffs. All the materials are hand-picked and laundered before the construction.