grown in Arkansas, distilled in Oregon
Laurs Kemp hails from the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, where she wiled away the hot summers watching old movies and sketching dresses inspired by those movies. In 2012, she made the move to Portland, OR, where she began designing a small line of body-positive wearables inspired by the Female Gaze.
From June 2015 till June 2016, she was the designer-in-residence for Backtalk, where she designed and made her garments out of a little studio space in the back of the shop. She currently works out of a studio space in inner SE Portland.
For her 2016 capsule collection, Yama Yama, she drew inspiration from the music of the Yamasuki Singers, the 1991 arthouse film A Little Stiff, and local Portland dance troupe 11 Dance Co.
Each item from the collection is sewn at Laurs Kemp’s studio in Portland, OR. All screenprinted items are printed locally. The Hangry Feminist tees are made with vintage tees that are sourced locally. All fabric scraps are donated to Gem Text Recycling, allowing us to be a zero-waste studio.
We create mostly seasonless clothing that can be worn in Summer or layered with other pieces in Winter. Rather than following the traditional fashion calendar of 2-4 collections per year, we design capsule collections - adding and omitting styles along the way depending on fabric availability.