When I get the itch to add something knit to my wardrobe, I’m mindful not to just grab something from Target or Macy’s. The convenience and price are tempting, but I prefer to shop local or handmade — supporting the thought, time, dedication, and skill it takes to design and produce a unique knit piece. I went to my first Adams Morgan Day Festival back in 2011, right after I moved to DC, and that’s where and when I first discovered (and fell in love with) DeNada Design. The chic patterns, colors, softness, and designs immediately caught my attention — I had never seen anything quite like it. Every piece at the DeNada booth was a stand-out — like wearable knit art — and I knew I had to have some of it in my closet.
But, back in 2011, I couldn’t afford it. Original, handmade pieces are not cheap, and rightfully so. I spent the next few years oogling at DeNada’s knit pieces from afar. Until one day, at Crafty Bastards 2016, when it hit me … I can afford this now! Cue happy dance! Buy all the things! And, I did. Since then, I’ve grown a small collection, which I plan to continue to build.
Behind the beauty and versatility of her pieces is DeNada founder, Virginia Arrisueño. Virginia’s story and philosophy towards her work is something I gravitate towards. She draws inspiration from her Peruvian heritage, which is something I appreciate as a fellow first-generation American myself, and is committed to ensuring all of her pieces are fair-trade and ethically produced. The customer service Virginia and her team provides is outstanding — they’ll fix any snag or run for you (within reason, of course … don’t burn the thing!) for no charge.
When I first discovered DeNada Design, her knits were only available in the DC area. It’s so wonderful to watch her business grow over the past few years. Virginia’s knits are now available in shops around the US, and in quite a few shops around DC. Check out www.denadadesign.com for locations. I usually catch her at local artisan fairs. And, here are some snaps of my own personal DeNada tribe of goodies!
Side note: This post isn’t sponsored. I just love writing about stuff I love.