Bodkin seeks to bring to clothing the mission of architectural modernism: Good, smart design, favors a relaxed, understated, day-to-night sense of chic that reflects the sensibility of cultural creatives.
Within this design framework, all materials are sourced with an eye toward environmental and social good.
Founded in 2008 by Eviana Hartman with the goal to merge her specific aesthetic—honed during a career as staff fashion writer at Vogue and Teen Vogue and as fashion features editor at NYLON—with a long-term interest in sustainability,
developed through writing a column about ecological topics for The Washington Post, studying under pioneering “green architect” William McDonough, and having an architect for a father.
A bodkin is a dagger, hairpin, or sharp, slender instrument used for making holes in cloth.
Sustainability and fashion are often thought to be at odds with one another. Yet clothing is one thing that every human has in common. It’s a massive global industry that provides many U.S. jobs, yet its infrastructure and materials systems have much room for improvement.
At Bodkin, we begin each collection by sourcing materials as mindfully as possible. This can mean certified organic fibers—virtually all of our cotton is organic. We employ innovative new fibers such as Tencel (a closed-loop textile from renewable eucalyptus pulp) and post-consumer recycled fibers.
However, some materials, such as wool and cashmere, are difficult to find with organic certification, but are inherently more sustainable than agriculturally grown, water-intensive fibers. Other material suppliers focus on fair and owner-operated labor throughout the supply chain, and to Bodkin this qualifies as a better way of doing things.
A mill may work with polyester but have instituted systems to dramatically reduce their carbon footprint. Dyeing is a lesser-known area in which the fashion industry is responsible for environmental degradation; we actively seek out and promote materials that use vegetable-based or zero-effluent dye processes.
Each textile Bodkin uses is in some way produced more thoughtfully than today’s norm. No fashion line can be perfect (and we avoid the terms “eco-friendly” and “green”), but we support people and businesses that are actively trying to be nice.
Currently all Bodkin clothing is manufactured in the U.S., in facilities where we spend time to know that workers are treated well.
Sustainability is also a design question. No matter how pure its origins, a garment isn’t sustainable if it isn’t a pleasure to wear and keep.
As the line evolves we seek to create items with an optimal balance of utility, beauty, and quality. Along the way, we proffer an approach to style that is more about nuance, less about hype and excess and instant gratification.
We encourage transparency and a conscious and curious approach to creating, and we welcome your feedback.