Clothing is meant to be lived in. That's not to say garments can't toe the line between art and utility, but the foundation of what we wear is driven by our ability to exist within it. This is the sort of ethos that drives Georgia ic25, a genderless workwear brand helmed by Maria Dora.
Georgia ic25 is a brand by an artisan, for artisans. The website puts it better than I could: "For the working artist, or the artist who aspires to working." There is no singular way to express oneself, and—similarly—there is no singular way to wear Georgia's pragmatic yet nuanced designs.
Maria Dora grew up in Chicago before her family moved to Springfield in high school. She would eventually go on to start a Poli-Sci degree at the University of Iowa before finishing it at a small liberal arts school in the state. The initial plan was to go to law school, but a suggestion from her boyfriend encouraged her to apply to Parsons and pursue the world of design. "I honestly fell in love with it. I fell in love with handcraft and the thought process behind making clothes. Just the visceral working environment," she tells ONE37pm.