Carli Vergamini

DESIGNER - CRAVE BY CARLI RAE VERGAMINI

I'm the head honcho (& only honcho, #solopreneurlife) at CRAVEbyCRV, an online shop specializing in leather goods & accessories where my main medium of choice = vintage leather jackets (& the occasional motorcycle chap). I’ve been making & selling stuff since I could hold a crayon & mix a pitcher of Kool-Aid, love sprinkles more than the average 3-year-old, cry when I laugh, am an advocate for following your dreams & enjoy writing run-on sentences.

What are you best known for?

In a word- TASSELS. What happened as another happy accident quickly became my best seller.  I ran with it & I’m still running with it.  I will figure out a way to get a tassel on just about anything. Also- resourcefulness.  Going above & beyond to find ways to use something old before buying something new.  Whether it’s thrifted raw materials or un-raveling an old sweater.

What or who has influenced your design aesthetic the most?

Certain aspects of inspiration can come from anywhere & stick around for who knows how long. It seems that little flecks of each new influence lingers for an undisclosed amount of time & eventually snowballs into your own sort of aesthetic. Overall my style has been influenced from old Hollywood glamour to McQueen eccentricities to Draplin minimalism + a bunch of stuff in between.

What inspired you to become a designer?

In the beginning it was the appeal associated with fashion that sucked me in. That, and not wanting to blend in with the rest of my classmates. My best friend & I started our own fashion label in high school because we didn’t want to dress like everyone else. The pipe dream of having our own store & coordinating runway shows lured us in, but ultimately a love of sewing & creative thinking kept us working hard in a laborious & often times un-rewarding industry.