THIS is an ever evolving enterprise purveying artisanal textiles and accessories. Our aim is to offer you an invaluable series of products that are singular and yet particularly useful. Useful in the sense that the best things within our homes and upon our bodies exhibit something in addition to mere practical and aesthetic concerns.
THIS travels the globe sourcing the extra-ordinary. We collaborate closely with the indigenous inhabitants, transitioning the discovered good’s aesthetic and functional features into a twenty-first century context. Its no coincidence that we are able to refine and solidify production processes and timelines to the most discerning standards- because its been our practice since 1991. We focus our explorations in the most remote regions because these are the areas uncovered by the design establishment, and, because, that’s where the best stuff is.
Working in the privileged medium of the late 20th & early 21st centuries- the consumer good, THIS strives to cultivate the essential fruition of what every material and moment aspires to become. We seek to marry the refined and the debased, the trained with the intuitive, timelessness and right-on-time-ness. We collaborate with visionary designers as well as village children, barter with meta-merchants and street hawkers, and nod to the aesthetic wisdom and advice of grandmothers (more on our collaborators here). Navigating both developing cultures and technologically overripe societies, we solicit utterly nonessential essentials to the discerning few and free-thinking masses who crave above all, the sublime. Our mission has always been to work within a sustainable and holistic platform. Whom wouldn’t? For us however it is not dogma. Nor exclusive. Our Pineapple and Banana fiber fabrics derive from leaves of the Pineapple and Banana plants respectively. They are organically grown and locally harvested, the fiber yarns homespun and handwoven on old-style wooden pit looms by established cooperative ventures. Alternatively, we’ve created a series of seemingly found handbags that are fabricated in pure pvc vinyl. Because that’s what the bag wanted to be. We have also given birth to such unapologetically opulent artifacts as a Peacock Feather Runner and Fabric: material goods that invite you to contemplate their use, exchange, and sign values by posing them casually on the coffee table.
Our collection is available to you right here right now. Our goods are also available to the trade [wholesale@dbaTHIS.com] Products by THIS have retailed at such diverse shopping venues as Barneys, Paul Smith, The New Museum, and the Little House on Church Street in New Milford, Connecticut. We have also conspired in a number of handbag and textile fabrications with Comme des Garcons. THIS strives to provide material goods that can be affecting. As we witness the quiet submission to a global consumer culture, one hopes that we are not yet too alienated to reserve some small place for what used to be called handicraft satisfaction.