Lindsey Thornburg

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“Timeless as dirt,” Lindsay says of her gorgeous Pendleton cloaks, and with the awe of someone who has discovered gold (or better) she remarks, “Just to be able to say you are a cloak maker, I mean who gets to say that?” It was from her grandfather, an “army man” who lived in Montana, wore all Ralph Lauren and owned lots of vintage Pendelton blankets that she first inherited a bunch of the time-honored blankets through her father. Lindsay was attracted to the beauty and the good energy surrounding the classic American company that worked harmoniously with the Native Americans over a century ago ago during their founding years, in addition to the fact that the wool is not only warm but waterproof and cruelty free. But it was a trip to Peru and Machu Picchu at twenty-five years old, post-design school during “that kind of lost zone when you know you want to do something but you don’t know what,” that inspired Lindsay to commit to the idea she had had for awhile of modernizing the traditional blankets. The perspective of seeing a society that had built something magical, one brick at a time, over a century was life-defining for the philosophy major who believes in questioning everything. Read More

Lindsay is dreamy in a ’70′s, French Lieutenant’s Woman on today’s LES kind of way in her burnt velvets and Susan Ciancolo (one of my favorites), hand made fairy-tale dress that is reminiscent of one of Lindsay’s most admired artists Andy Goldsworthy for it’s ode to authenticity. Both the designers and sculptor share a love for the woods and nature. It makes sense that from a young age, Lindsay remembers using fashion to set herself apart. “I never wanted it to be some sort of status quo or to fit in… everything I wear usually has to represent something or there’s a story behind it.” As far as shoes go, she is not a hoarder but buys about two expensive pairs a year and wears them forever. They mold to her feet and are a part of her like the seminal pirate Westwood’s that are the perfect complement to her romantic clothes and that she turned from white to black. From the fabrics she buys that are only from North America to what she wears, everything has a mission and vision behind it. She envisioned her lace tights underneath a black widow dress when she made them and one of her rings from Anna Sheffield of Bing Bang is an ID bracelet with the name of a friend that passed away. When it comes to Lindsay’s gowns, she conceives them to be worn from day to night and I love how she wears the delicate garments with vintage loafers.

It takes a courage and willingness to fight to turn your passion into reality, rise above the mundane and give birth to something special. Like the Incas and their building of a monument geared around the sun and the eclipses, to be extraordinary is work. “I would rather have a business that’s based on smaller quantity for higher end items where I am proud to have my name on every piece. They are like my babies, I love them,” Lindsay explains.

If you love Lindsey, you may also like Pamela Love, Liza Thorn and Dustin Hollywood.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandonactonbond Brandon Acton-Bond

    Well it has been a fairly long time since I last really commented on SLU but Lindsey’s story and experience just brought me right back like a magnet. INSPIRATIONAL would be an understatement. Timeless as dirt! I mean come on that is brilliant!

    “Fashion is ultimately a business, so I try not to run the creation part as a business. I produce everything in New York City, I get North American fabrics, I won’t do overseas; I try to have all this integrity in what I do. I’m friends with all of my contractors, I’m friends with my production people, I’m friends with my staff.” – YES! True creators are good people! Lindsey I love you for this!

    Thank you SLU for this incredibly raw peak into someone I didn’t know existed. If Lindsey is able to keep her integrity, design such awesome and unrestrained garments in NYC it really gives me hope for both myself and this city. You are unearthing it person by person in such a loving an beautiful way. Yes I’m damn emotional now, tears in my eyes, at work. Thank you!

    Lastly “that kind of lost zone when you know you want to do something but you don’t know what,” I’m glad its so bright on the other end :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/kimila Kimi Recor

    Lindsey is a beautiful powerhouse.

  • http://www.facebook.com/meaculpa Christi Gravett-Carrington

    I’m one of those sensitive people who don’t understand or appreciate the point in taking sacred aspects of Native American or “tribal” cultures, claiming those ideas as a reflection of your own “otherness”, and then marking the price up well over what you would find the original appropriated items for.