brooklyn / united states
parsons the new school for design
Teslin Doud grew up in the small beach town of Santa Cruz, California where the unique environment helped to nurture her feeling of responsibility to the Earth. Raised by a family of creative wanderlusts, she developed a love for color and materiality in a setting where environmental consciousness was the norm. Teslin developed her namesake label during her thesis year at Parsons the New School for Design where she graduated with honors and a BFA in Fashion Design in 2015.
Teslin illustrates a multifaceted approach to sustainability and materiality through the concentration on waste reduction, fiber content, dyestuff, and traditional craft. She strictly use natural fibers ranging from hemp to upcycled post-consumer cotton t-shirts. Teslin works with natural dyes to create vibrant and saturated colors that redefine the stereotype of “Earth tones”, and her desire to bridge industries has led to an investigation into the use of food waste as dye material. An appreciation of handcraft and tradition inspired the integration of weaving in the label's collections. Teslin integrates the design and pattern drafting process to explore zero-waste patterns that leave no part of the fabric wasted. By slowing fashion down, Teslin hopes to encourage an appreciation for the craft of making clothes and a renewed desire for heirloom fashion.