Friday, June 1, 2012

Enter summer with Autumn

Posted by on Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Angelina Dress

Those sweaters you’ve been living in all winter no longer make the cut, ladies. Pagosa Springs-based Autumn Teneyl Designs has funky tops, bottoms, dresses and outerwear that could liven up your summer wardrobe. And you can find them all at a trunk show tonight from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the downtown YMCA, 207 N. Nevada Ave., with Loretta Milo, a longtime company partner who will host during her Nia Technique training.
Voodoo Chile Dress

If you can’t make the show this evening, you'll have plenty more opportunities to check out Autumn Teneyl Designs. There will be more shows from June 3 to June 6 at the Spin Summit, which will be at the La Foret Conference and Retreat Center, 6145 Shoup Road, in the Ponderosa Lodge. The hours are noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, and 8 to 10 a.m. on Thursday.

Textile manufacturing can be unforgiving to the environment, so company namesake and fashion designer Autumn Teneyl takes precautions. Teneyl uses domestically made organic, natural and synthetic fabrics for her designs, and the company offsets 100 percent of operational and travel costs by buying renewable energy credits.

All clothes are handmade and sewn in Denver, too. To meet demand, Autumn Teneyl Designs began a partnership this year with Southwest Creations Collaborative, a women’s collaborative sew house, to employ low-income women and “alleviate poverty and build economic opportunity across generations.” So not only can you look chic; you can help others while stylin' and profilin'.

Here is what the collections are about in Teneyl’s own words:

"When I set out to make a new collection each season, it is with functional, conscious beauty in mind. My goal is to make each piece the first thing I would grab myself for an evening out or a day around town. The foundation of my collections is domestic organic cotton and hemp fabrics. I spend many hours sourcing and developing my color palettes to create distinction and harmony within each collection. The versatility is intended to reach every woman: the tailored, modern lines are very city appropriate, yet the functionality and comfort allow for a very natural fit & freedom of movement.…”

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