Mill Valley, CA
Article on the blog: Ambatalia: A Non-Disposable Life
“For me fiber and textiles tell a story of the people, land, water and the health of the economy. Being a part of our local fibershed gives me an opportunity to share Marin’s natural resources and textile story and that brings me pure joy.” – Molly de Vries
Molly de Vries sees herself as a designer rather than a seamstress, an “obsessive creative” rather than an artist. After four years of running Ambatalia as a sustainable fabric shop, in 2008 she refocused the shop into a design house for textile goods. Ambatalia’s products are sold through a plethora of stockists both nationally and worldwide. Molly designs them in the Mill Valley shop and employs Linda Holt as her full-time seamstress-sewer-manufacturer out of Fairfax. Molly is inspired by the spirit of collaboration, environmentalism, and old-world, heirloom cultural techniques of cloth. Through these inspirations, Ambatalia provides simple and unique products for people who care about the environment and at the same time, love beautiful things.
Photo Credit: Kalie Ilana Cassel-Feiss