Monday, July 27, 2009

spork fashion

Under the Root is made to order, vintage-inspired lingerie 
designed and sewn by Jennifer Brown. Using organic and 
reclaimed materials, Jennifer pieces each item together with 
the client in mind. The lingerie captures the spirit of a time 
that was both simpler and naughtier. Soft pastels and modest 
shapes mingle with sassy details for a look that is, at once, 
girl-next-door and burlesque queen.

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Friday, July 24, 2009

alphonse mucha

Saturday, July 18, 2009


Friday, July 17, 2009

the kitchen is the heart of the home

Urban Exploration Resource

swans and grandeur

Tim Walker Photography

the grandeur of a swan and her chariot riders

Monday, July 13, 2009

shut up magazine

Under The Root was cited as an Honorable Mention
in Spring/Summer 2009 Issue of ShutUp Magazine.
Although they did not choose an image of the Under The Root 
designs I mailed to the photoshoot in NY with Jonathan Hokklo,
hopefully, the continued growth of designs will make a hit 
with images in print..

Responsible Knickers
by Kelly Outram ::

Jennifer Brown creator of Under The Root
said the idea for lingerie using sustainable, repurposed textiles
was a conscious decision.
"Under The Root was already developing and manufacturing
undergear and findlings using recycled materials.
I was ready to make a difference using the tools and trade."

Brown's fabrics are found anywhere from garage sales
to thrift shops to estate sales. Once the process of putting 
together the fabrics starts, each fiber takes on its own persona 
into a different garment.

It is a lifestyle choice more than a fashion statement
to wear eco-friendly clothing, Brown said.

"One of the most beautiful actualizations of being human
is that we decide where our money goes.
Each and every cent can be accounted."

constant cravings

Constant Cravings is authored by Leigh from New York.  Leigh
contacted us to say a bit more in regards to the aw2009 
collection, in particular, the Levity Lette Lingerie set which was
also featured in Lucky Magazine.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

martha's girls

Martha's Girls

"I, Martha, feel it necessary as your kindly hostess
to tell you expressly what awaits you in my friendly parlor.
Let me make it clear from the outset that Martha's Girls
is no virtual bordello. Such a prim and proper lady
as myself couldn't possibly lend her name to any
den of iniquity. No siree!
This project is an earnest tribute to my
tremendous fascination for vintage erotica. Ah, the lovely
ladies of yesteryear... Do I adore their striking style
and wholesome physique!
What a waste it would be to have all that fabulous flair
consigned to the bygone days - no, I say,
let us keep it flourishing on into the future."

chicago examiner

Upcycling vintage is good for your wardrobe and the Earth
by Lindsey Reiser

Speaking of romping, Chicago-based designer Jennifer Brown 
produces vintage-inspired, upcycled undergarments for her line, 
Under the Root.  Her romantic pieces recall times when 
underwear was more than functional; it was fun, hyperfemine, 
stylish and sensual too - think milkmaid meets burlesque performer.
Brown's collection of rompers, slipdresses, stockings and lingerie 
are all made from organic or upcycled material and are 
extraordinarily comfortable.  If you don't want to order online,
Haystack on Broadway also carries the line.

Friday, July 10, 2009

the little interview with the shiny squirrel

Under The Root was Interviewed with Jessica Goldfond 
of The Shiny Squirrel and this is what happened..
The Little Interview with Under The Root

Thursday, July 9, 2009

katamri has inspired my dreamland

These playful colors, wrapped around a body
with unitsuits, hats, boots, tights, undies and gloves.
The moment of our liftoff is now.

the haute closet

The Haute Closet

A graceful and inspired moment upon moments, working with
April Francis.  Her visions are clear, and her vibration is wild, 
similar to luminous firefly with a cup of tea.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Monday, July 6, 2009

uppercase magazine

A magazine for the creative and curious.

Janine Vangool opened UPPERCASE gallery in February 2005.
Since then it has been an outlet for creative expression,
product development and entrepreneurial adventure.

sprout chicago

Sprout Chicago is a fresh addition to Chicago’s
sprouting green scene. A collaboration between
local ecoverts Irena Djuric and Lydia Krupinski,
Sprout Chicago takes you into the heart of
good and green life in Chicago.

Irena and Lydia first joined forces in the seventh grade,
when they produced an interactive, underground
magazine called The Blob. It was a runaway hit that was
eventually confiscated – but not before its first three issues
reached hundreds of Gemini Junior High pupils. Years later,
with the help of the worldwide web, the two have
once again conspired to bring their words and vision to the masses.

From local news and restaurant reviews, to interviews
with green go-getters and profiles of eco-events,
Sprout Chicago is your source for sustainability in the city.
For instant eco-updates, follow them on Twitter,
or join the Facebook group!