Aesthete Mercantile is an apparel brand by Caroline Borucki, dedicated to reclaiming items; her ideas are often driven by the result of waste and the process of decomposition. Deconstruction is frequently explored as a process to develop their design philosophy. They also address the human role in creating fashion – by constructing a sustainable and ethical response to how sourcing and clothing production affects the Earth.
We’re excited to welcome Aesthete Mercantile to the Oak Brook Artisan Market at Oakbrook Center on Sat & Sun, Oct 5-6, 2019. This 2-day outdoor market showcases the Midwest’s finest artisans in fashion, food, home goods + art.
When Caroline was younger, her confidence came primarily through the way she redesigned secondhand items to wear. This formation of goods was caused by a sensitivity to the materials she used, a desire for resourcefulness and a sense of urgency fueled by consumer culture. Her collecting of textiles became focused on woven materials after pursuing a bachelor of arts in apparel design at Dominican University. Since 2009, maintaining a small batch output has been at the forefront of Aesthete Mercantile, along with fair labor practices as demand for one-of-a-kind goods increases.