Grandfather’s passion feeds designer’s own

By MIKE CHAIKEN
EDITIONS EDITOR
As a college student studying broadcasting and mass communication, you wouldn’t expect Courtney Stewart to be a budding fashionista.
But Courtney, who attends the State University of New York, said it’s actually not that far of a stretch for her.
“My grandfather is really, really into fashion,” said Courtney, “and I thought it would be a good opportunity to combine his passion with my passion.”
And Courtney will be unveiling the result of her passion at a launch party in Southington on Thursday, Aug. 8. The party will be held at Sugar Plum, 98 Main St., Southington, where she is spending the summer as an intern.
Courtney said she will be presenting a line of upcycled shorts and a line of “boyfriend clothes” shirts.
Courtney said the shorts are all repurposed clothing that had been donated for her effort. For instance, one pair of shorts photographed for the accompanying fashion spread had been a brand new pair of Old Navy pants before the legs were cut off and the pockets were accessorized with metal studs.
The shirts are called “boyfriend clothes,” said Courtney, because that’s what they were. She said her boyfriend had a surplus of old clothes, which she convinced him to finally discard. She subsequently converted the accumulated garments and transformed them into women’s clothing, an effort that earned the thumb’s up from her boyfriend.
Courtney said repurposing clothing is important to her because it helps protect the environment. She also said the clothing also is in keeping with the message of Sugar Plum, which is keeping things eco-friendly.
Asked to describe the look of her line, Courtney said, it was a punk rock, grunge chic, and edgy feel.
Courtney said the look of her line is similar to what she wore when she was younger, “dark and punk.” However, for the clothes that will be sold exclusively at Sugar Plum, she wanted something brighter and “a little more girly.”
Courtney also pointed out most of the clothes have a blue hue. There’s a reason for that, said Courtney. She has POS, or polycystic ovary syndrome. And the color that represents the pursuit of a cure for POS is teal.
As for her creative process, Courtney said it’s simple. “I think of it and I create it.”
Courtney’s release party for her new line of clothing will be held Thursday, Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. at Sugar Plum, 98 Main St., Southington. Her clothes will be for sale after the unveiling and there will be refreshments.

In assorted locations around downtown Southington, model Molly Westfall offers a sneak peek of Courtney Stewart’s latest clothing line. Stewart will debut her new collection on Aug. 8 at Sugar Plum on Main Street.

In assorted locations around downtown Southington, model Molly Westfall offers a sneak peek of Courtney Stewart’s latest clothing line. Stewart will debut her new collection on Aug. 8 at Sugar Plum on Main Street.

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