Interview with the Designers of SC103
Meet the Design Duo Behind Cult Label SC103
New York-based design duo Sophie Andes Gascon and Claire McKinney first met as sophomores at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. At first, they only appreciated each other’s work from afar—but after graduating the two became roommates, and it was in that shared space that their design partnership started. Now the former classmates, current roommates and creative partners are making waves with their cult fashion label SC103; using custom fabric treatments and an unconventional mix of deadstock, found or scrap materials, their designs are defined by a precise lightness with an edgy, architectural lean.
Here, we talk with the two designers about what makes their collaboration work, their creative ethos and their shared vision for the brand.
Tell us about your background and how you started working together.
We met in the fashion program at Pratt Institute in 2011. We became friends, then later roommates in 2014. It was in this shared apartment and studio where we began collaborating in addition to making work individually. In 2019 we decided to give our collaborative endeavors an official name, SC103.
Can you explain the significance behind the name SC103?
SC stands for our first names, Sophie and Claire, and 103 was the street number of our shared apartment and studio, which we lived in together for over five years.
How does each of your individual aesthetics play out in your designs?
For both of us, initial development begins with materials, often hand processed. Sophie approaches garment making in a more painterly manner, while Claire reformulates classic techniques in unique proportions. We are constantly sharing thoughts about directions to go and ideas to focus on. We spend so much time together that it’s a part of our daily conversation both in and out of the studio.
Let’s talk about your most recent collection. What were you both inspired by, and how did it come together?
This collection pays homage to passersby, reflecting on the collage of people in a subway car, for example.
Trying to steer a fashion brand in the middle of a pandemic must have had its challenges. What paradigms have shifted for you both during this time personally and creatively as human beings and designers?
Being that we currently make everything with our four hands under one roof, the last year has allowed us to focus on the craft. We felt it was a restorative time to fine-tune our work and revisit ideas.
How are you both feeling about the year ahead? What can we expect to see next from SC103?
As a two-person operation we are currently navigating how to scale our growth while staying involved in the development and making processes. We’re energized and humbled to work in this way.
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