STYLE: The Woodshop by FRANCESS METZGER
Meet designer, Francess Metzger, designer behind The Woodshop.
The Woodshop is a “luxury women’s street wear collection” created by 19-year-old emerging designer, Francess Metzger. While a student at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Francess designed and titled her first collection, “Season 1: Arches.” It is inspired by “architecture yet evokes a sexy feel. It is minimalistic, futuristic, and its line details are inspired by the Gothic Arches.”
We had a chance to further discuss Francess’s creative process below:
When did creative design enter your life?
I started creating at a young age; maybe around 8 years old. It started with painting and drawing all the time then I realized I wanted to do more. Thank God for my mom who saw something in me and put me in sewing classes when I was 10 years old. (I kind of just saw myself creating more than art, but art people could wear.) I wanted to create something that people could do more with than just admire. I wanted my art to provide comfort, self confidence and a sense of identity.
What was the first piece you’ve ever made?
The first piece I ever made was a pair of pants. They were terrible but I gave them my all with the little knowledge I had gained from YouTube. I put some pieces together and made a pair of shorts I couldn’t even get into. They were bad, like really bad. The material had no stretch but I made them like a pair of leggings. My growth from that moment has been incredible.
What inspired your brand name and current collection?
The Woodshop is named after the idea of building, creating, and changing. I’m not exactly sure if I picked the name. It came to me if that makes sense, it stuck so I knew it was right. I am always building, forever creating new styles, and changing from season to season.
My current collection is inspired by gothic arches. I decided to take a minimalistic and futuristic approach. I wanted to create a collection that made women feel sexy in a fun way. The line detail replicates gothic arches. My fabric choice of neoprene was specific to creating structure. Each piece can be dressed up or dressed down because I wanted everything to be versatile being that I wear my clothes that way. I believe that every woman needs those type of pieces in her closet so that’s what I created. I call It “streetwear for the modern woman.”
What made you want to attend Fashion Institute of Technology?
In the 7th grade I had to do a project. It was about mapping out my life. A house, a car, a career, everything. I knew I wanted to do fashion design but at that age it was just a vision for the future. That project made me really think about what I wanted to do and the steps I needed to take to get there. So I hopped on Google and typed in, “The best fashion design school in the United States” and The Fashion Institute of Technology was the first school on every list. I wanted to be the best, so I had to go to the best. When it came time to apply for college, I applied to two schools; one as a back-up. As it turns out, I didn’t need the backup school and ended up at FIT where I knew I belonged.
To see Francess’ collection, check out The Woodshops lookbook today!