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Office Visit: The Everlane Studio in San Francisco

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by Dalilah Arja last modified May 14, 2014

SF-based Everlane is an online fashion company whose tagline is "Modern Basics. Radical Transparency." What does that mean? They lay it all out on their website: where the fibers are sourced, manufactured (LA, Dongguan and Shenzen, China, and Ubrique, Spain), and what the costs are. And once a month, they welcome customers into their offices for a look at the newest products and where they come to be.  Recently, the company made the leap from a "shoebox on Sutter Street" to the second story of a Mission District warehouse with windows everywhere, and Alexa and I were among the first in line to see the new space. It's still very much a work in progress emphasized Lee Cerre, the company's lead designer, who showed us around. Immediately envious of the soaring ceilings and custom white furniture, we asked: Was the studio space designed by an architect or interior designer? No. Did they hire a consultant to help them decorate? No. "We like to do things ourselves," says Cerre who, it turns out, doubles as the office designer. Have a look at what she and the crew have come up with so far. Photographs by June Kim for Everlane , unless otherwise noted.  Above: The room has 20-foot ceilings and large industrial windows that require curtains they let in so much light.  Above: The furnishings are a mix of custom pieces and off-the-rack finds. The wood-topped white desks and tables were made for Everlane by SF's  Ohio Design . To create a uniform look, each desk has a  white and gray SAYL  desk chair from Herman Miller and white  Industrial Task Table Lamp  from West Elm. Above: Don't be fooled by how calm the space looks—when we visited, the Everlane team was in full work mode, a fitting going on in one corner and the planning of future product releases in the other.  Above: A mood board for an upcoming collection is perched against a wall of cinderblocks recently painted white; the concrete floors are newly refinished with concrete micro topping.  Above: A sawhorse table is used to draft and cut garment patterns. Above: A corner office. Above: When we came to this framed company statement, Cerre commented, "You know where your onions come from and where your cheese comes from; we think it's necessary for people to know where their clothes come from." Photograph by Alexa Hotz .  Above: Everlane's Spring Silk collection is made in Hangzhou City, China.  Above: A trio of custom-built tables by  Ohio Design  are pushed together to create a communal picnic and meeting space.   Above: What did we walk away obsessing over? A DIY clothing rack made from white-painted plumbing pipe. (Last week, did you see Izabella's DIY Copper Pipe Curtain Rods ?) Photograph by  Alexa Hotz . Go to  Everlane  to learn more about the company and see its designs. For more inspiring workspaces, take a look at  An Organizer's Dream: An Art Studio with Color-Coded Built-In Storage , as well as all of the office-related posts in our Gallery of Rooms and Spaces . And don't miss Gardenista's post on Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon's backyard writing studio .  More Stories from Remodelista DIY: A $75 Desk with a Stealth Touch of Glamor 10 Easy Pieces: Classic Desk Chairs Object Lessons: The Classic IBM Wall Clock






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