POLISHED, INTENTIONAL, HUMAN
Established in 2014
By maker Kristine Rodriguez.
Handmade out of her Augusta, Georgia studio.
RESPONSIVE TEXTILES is founded on the belief that clothes are your second skin, and they should be as unique and human as you are. Through slow fashion and thoughtful design, we set out to create clothing that is RESPONSIVE to your individuality, body and lifestyle. The result is clothing, which is polished, intentional, and most importantly human.
While walking the line between innovation and utility, RESPONSIVE TEXTILES pushes beyond what is expected of handmade knitwear, while still maintaining the ease and comfort inherent in the craft. Note: This is not your grandma's knitwear.
Slow + SUSTAINABLE FASHION
RESPONSIVE TEXTILES is entirely handmade by designer Kristine Rodriguez, and produced in limited editions. Operating on a made-to-order basis, each piece is carefully crafted for the person, who will wear it, and is meant to last season after season.
Beginning with spools of yarn and her hand-powered knitting machine, Kristine meticulously builds the fabric and silhouette of each garment one row at a time. Every RESPONSIVE TEXTILES piece is the product of human concentration, physical energy, sustainable yarns and time.
Every panel is an intense, mental journey on the knitting machine. Since it is a completely manual process, one eye needs to keep watch over how the fabric is coming out, while the other needs to pay attention to when shaping, color changes and other textiles manipulations need to occur.
Each row of a garment is a push of the carriage. Every color change is a manual threading process. Every eyelet, slope and texture is an individual stitch manipulation. Let's just say, it keeps the arm muscles toned and the fingers nimble.
RESPONSIVE TEXTILES is produced with quality yarns of either natural or regenerated-natural fibers. We make it a priority to honor sustainability in as many aspects of our business as possible. This includes our materials, as well as our production process.
The amount of time it takes to make a garment really depends on how involved the silhouette and textile are. Many of our scarves (excluding the ones knit on traditional knitting needles) take an hour or two. However, the pleated pieces and dresses can take over twenty hours to complete.
Our Designer / KNITTER
RESPONSIVE TEXTILES founder + designer, Kristine Rodriguez, is a maker at heart.
She was finishing up a degree in graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design, when she discovered the knitting machine. It was during her final semester in an elective class, and it turned out to be a game changer. As she explains, "I was clearly drawn to the knitting machine because I had tried to get into this course before. When I started, it was immediate love. Knitting was all I wanted to work on. My whole semester, became dedicated to this manner of making. It is a path I have been on ever since."
Kristine graduated in the spring of 2012 with this one class under her belt and knitwear as her new direction. She bought a machine of her own and continued to teach herself the craft. As she explains, "Although I speak with yarn and the knitted stitch nowadays, my graphic design sensibilities continue to influence my work and craftsmanship. It shapes my creative voice into what RESPONSIVE TEXTILES is today."