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Office Visit: The Everlane Studio in San Francisco


Office Visit: The Everlane Studio in San Francisco

May 14, 2014

SF-based Everlane is an online fashion company whose tagline is “Modern Basics. Radical Transparency.” What does that mean? They lay it all out on their website: where the fibers are sourced, manufactured (LA, Dongguan and Shenzen, China, and Ubrique, Spain), and what the costs are. And once a month, they welcome customers into their offices for a look at the newest products and where they come to be. 

Recently, the company made the leap from a “shoebox on Sutter Street” to the second story of a Mission District warehouse with windows everywhere, and Alexa and I were among the first in line to see the new space. It’s still very much a work in progress emphasized Lee Cerre, the company’s lead designer, who showed us around. Immediately envious of the soaring ceilings and custom white furniture, we asked: Was the studio space designed by an architect or interior designer? No. Did they hire a consultant to help them decorate? No. “We like to do things ourselves,” says Cerre who, it turns out, doubles as the office designer. Have a look at what she and the crew have come up with so far.

Photographs by June Kim for Everlane, unless otherwise noted. 

Above: The room has 20-foot ceilings and large industrial windows that require curtains they let in so much light. 

Above: The furnishings are a mix of custom pieces and off-the-rack finds. The wood-topped white desks and tables were made for Everlane by SF’s Ohio Design. To create a uniform look, each desk has a  white and gray SAYL desk chair from Herman Miller and white Industrial Task Table Lamp from West Elm.

Above: Don’t be fooled by how calm the space looks–when we visited, the Everlane team was in full work mode, a fitting going on in one corner and the planning of future product releases in the other. 

Above: A mood board for an upcoming collection is perched against a wall of cinderblocks recently painted white; the concrete floors are newly refinished with concrete micro topping. 

Above: A sawhorse table is used to draft and cut garment patterns.

Above: A corner office.

Above: When we came to this framed company statement, Cerre commented, “You know where your onions come from and where your cheese comes from; we think it’s necessary for people to know where their clothes come from.” Photograph by Alexa Hotz

Above: Everlane’s Spring Silk collection is made in Hangzhou City, China. 

Above: A trio of custom-built tables by Ohio Design are pushed together to create a communal picnic and meeting space.

Above: What did we walk away obsessing over? A DIY clothing rack made from white-painted plumbing pipe. (Last week, did you see Izabella’s DIY Copper Pipe Curtain Rods?) Photograph by Alexa Hotz.

Go to Everlane to learn more about the company and see its designs.

For more inspiring workspaces, take a look at An Organizer’s Dream: An Art Studio with Color-Coded Built-In Storage, as well as all of the office-related posts in our Gallery of Rooms and Spaces. And don’t miss Gardenista’s post on Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon’s backyard writing studio

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