This week's local designer, Sherry Hern, is similar to some of our other recent picks because she is fairly new to fashion (she’s only been designing for a year) and she uses familiar materials in unpredictable ways. Her designs, sold under the name Down Boy Down, also have the same spirit of fun as recent spotlighted designers Crotch Talk, Kelli Modica, and Jonathan Applegate.
Sherry was introduced to fashion by her friend Lisa Cook, who makes skirts under the label Black Unicorn. Lisa’s skirts, like Sherry’s, are one-of-a-kind and made of recyled material. “We take old dresses from thrift stores and reassemble them into skirts with new silk-screen designs,” says Sherry. “I think you can tell my skirts from Lisa’s skirts, we each have our own style of layering and motifs.”
At the moment, these motifs are religious, with praying hands and the iconic Our Lady of Guadalupe, with a focus on the saints coming up soon. Sherry has worked as a graphic designer for many years, including a six-year stint at Six Flags, but doesn’t generally associate the skills she used at that job with her fashion design work.
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Sherry doesn’t just get material from thrift stores: she also gets some fabric from places as far away as Nebraska, where she has “a friend who sends me stuff sometimes”. However, all of this material is still recycled, because of her personal preference towards this type of designing and because she sells at the Love Your Earth boutique in Highlands, 4110 Tennyson Street, which only allows designers to use recycled fabrics. “Love Your Earth is pretty neat,” says Sherry.
Down Boy Down and Black Unicorn clothes can be found at Buffalo Exchange in Denver, 230 East 13th Avenue, Fabric Lab, 3105 East Colfax Avenue, and Love Your Earth.
-- James Anthofer