We recently met with the lovely Rachel Rector at her studio to talk about her handmade lingerie.
Duplex: Are you from Portland?
Rachel Rector: I’m from Florida
D: What brought you to Portland?
RR: I graduated in FL and I wanted to move. I kind of took a risk coming out here; I’d never been before and I’ve been here almost 3 years.
D: What is your background? Did you sew?
RR: No, I started learning to sew only 4 years ago. Before moving here I stopped in Indianapolis to visit my dad and get to know his family. I had a free place to live. Thrifting there is insane, so I had started a vintage Etsy shop and learned to sew. I came out here and decided Etsy was not going to work for me because everyone has their vintage store you know?
D: Yeah that’s true. It is very saturated out here.
RR: It’s hard to thrift out here. So I started working at Lille Boutique for a couple of years. I learned what I could from there and now I am doing this!
D: Do you wear your own lingerie everyday?
RR: Not everyday, I have quite a collection from buying everything I could from Lille, but I try to wear it because I am fit testing it. It is still really new, I don’t feel ready for it to be out in the market yet until I am sure it is going to hold up. So I am trying to figure that out, seeing if I need to take this in or change this about it and I want my friends to be doing the same thing.
D: When do you think you will be prepared to put it on the market?
RR: I think in the next couple months.
D: Wow that is exciting!
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