Friday, February 3, 2023

Double Decker Vendor Profile: Temperate's Handmade, Organic-Cotton Clothing


Photo by Jaime Smialek
Photo by Jaime Smialek

Tennessean Ongeleigh Gipson just launched this month Temperate, an organic clothing line of items handmade in Tennessee from cotton organically grown in Texas. She’ll be presenting pieces at a booth at the Double Decker Arts Festival in Oxford this weekend.
Ongeleigh Gipson. Photo by Jaime Smialek
Ongeleigh Gipson. Photo by Jaime Smialek

“Temperate’s clothes are totally 100 percent handmade,” Gipson says. “I do all the dyeing and cutting and sewing, so I like to think about them as little pieces of art. All of the cotton is sourced from central Texas, milled in the Carolinas, and delivered to me in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where I do all the natural dyeing (plant based dyes), and sewing. All in all, it comes out to have travelled about 1,500 miles to get it produced, whereas most clothing garments have a minimum of 15,000 miles of travel from sourcing to production to end user. Gipson says the clothes themselves are “thoughtfully crafted to be timeless pieces that can be worn season after season. They are essentially contemporary casual womenswear pieces that you could dress up to go out in or fall asleep in a hammock in.
Gipson says all the pieces that are available in the Temperate online shop, plus a few new pieces, will be available at DD to try on.
— Tad Wilkes,