Designers Who Work It: Designing for the Artist in All of Us, Alice Berry Shares Her Artistic History with TheWorkingWardrobe
Alice Berry has been working in design for the past 25 years - not necessarily in the same fashion. Working as a clothing designer at the beginning of her career, she decided to cut clothing out of her designs in 1997. Until 2000, Berry went from having a name in the clothing industry to making a mark with iconic scarves and shawls. We at TheWorkingWardrobe constantly advocate the addition of accessories to your working wardrobe to bring a sense of style – and more importantly, of you – to your finished look. Berry gave the industry just that.
However four years ago, the Chicago-based designer decided to go back into the fashions of the clothing sector.
“It was by request,” she shared. “I made some shirts to photograph with the scarves and I a few stores carried them.” One of those stores included a downtown Chicago boutique, Only She, at which she worked with and eventually grew with when it expanded. “I ended up having a store within a store,” she said.
Now Berry has her own studio just north of Chicago’s hip Wicker Park neighborhood, and boasts a collection of clothing made for the woman who wants to look professional but also wants to show that she has an arty side.
“My clients have an artistic sensibility,” said Berry. “ She is in advertising, arts and administration, museums…an entrepreneur.” Berry also makes sure that her designs work for the every-day woman bringing forth every body type.
When asked whether she will stay with designing both clothing and scarves, Berry shrugged her shoulders. “We’ll see what happens,” she said. Then she laughed. “You know how loggers have to carry logs down a river for logging?” She described show she envisioned the loggers dancing and maneuvering around the logs. “That’s what I think of on running your own business.” So despite any changes that may come to Berry, she has made it clear through her work and her history that she can not only roll with the punches, she can do so in stylish stride.
When asked what every working woman needs: “Self confidence,” she replied. “A lot of times clothes can give you that, but you need to feel that you have everything under control and then just dive in.”
Photos: Eric Shropshire Photography