From her personal style to the simple workspace she has created in her studio at Golden Belt in Durham, Stephanie Sevilla’s minimalist aesthetic is clear. Her leather line, SEVLYN, follows that same philosophy: “to eliminate unnecessary excess, favoring quality over quantity.”
The pieces she creates for SEVLYN are striking. Sevilla enjoys the interplay of contrasts within her pieces, pairing hard metal elements against supple leather. Her unique structured harnesses – a play on suspenders – are a bold contrast against the draped, flowing clothing they are paired with in Sevilla’s look book.
Sevilla, who works as a makeup artist and fashion photographer by day, was drawn to fashion design and has a special appreciation for handmade techniques. Her background as a dancer and years spent creating dance costumes led to her “diligent self-study of fashion design, tailoring, pattern making and leatherworking with natural fibers,” she says.
In 2010, she started SEVLYN as a women’s ready-to-wear line.
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“At first an odd combination of individual pieces assembled from my closet, I realized that there was an inherent personal style begging to be developed and shared with others,” she says. “Leather accessories were introduced as the flourish on the minimal silk, linen and wool outfits for several collections, eventually becoming the focus in January 2015.”
Repelled by fast fashion, Sevilla gravitated to leather. She creates leather bags, harnesses and belts for her line – each piece handmade to order, with Sevilla handling every part of the process from hide selection to intentional design and construction. Her prices start at $125.
“Honing old-fashioned, made-by-hand, leatherworking techniques gives me immense satisfaction,” Sevilla says, “knowing that each piece is given thoughtful attention throughout its creation.”