“For me in knitwear, it’s really exciting because in knitting, there are really only two stitches: knit and purl. Really that’s just one stitch, because a knit stitch has a front and a back, and the back is what’s called a purl, so just one stitch with a different front and a back. From there on out, whatever you can figure out to do with that [is interesting]. I find the limitations really liberating.”
Lindsay Degen has been knitting since she was three. Taught by her granny, who presented her with her first set of knitting needles, Lindsay went on to study at Central Saint Martins in London, graduate from the textiles program at RISD in 2010, and then launch her own knitwear line in 2011—which, by the way, kicked off New York Fashion Week this past winter. The mostly-unisex collection (including sweaters, dresses, leggings, and shoes) earned her rave reviews, and cemented DEGEN as a must-watch designer in the New York fashion scene.
“Not many people are doing my skill,” Lindsay says of knitting. “I mainly think it takes a lot more time and a lot more technical knowledge to master.”
Hailed by Style.com as “the next big thing”, Lindsay’s surreal, eye-popping creations won her the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation award in 2014 (previous winners include Zac Posen, Rodarte, and Alexander Wang). Lindsay’s colorful and unique designs have also caught the attention of major industry players: classic American sneaker brand Converse recruited her in 2013, and soon after she was asked to design pieces for the highly popular Victoria’s Secret fashion show. She has also collaborated with VPL, Suzanne Rae, Highland, Todd Selby, and GERLAN. Most recently, she has finished an adorable line of baby clothes called babyDEGEN.
Lindsay’s studio is located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where she knits her pieces on hand-operated knitting machines. “All of the textiles come from just experimenting,” Lindsay says.
Spoken like a true star of the knitting world!