Your name | Your city | Your brand
Adrienne Antonson | Thomson, GA | STATE

Do you have a secret swimming hole (or favorite)? tell us about it.
Does my pool count?

What is your go-to picnic fare?
Cheese, Goldfish, and cold beer.

Describe your dream summer ootd (outfit of the day).
Since I live in the south and the summers are blistering, I like to wear the lightest, airiest outfits imaginable. I think I’ll be living in the new cotton gauze overalls we made for this issue. Perfect for tossing over a bra top or bathing suit. And I’m usually barefoot.

Desert Island music?
NPR? I have no life.

What reading material clutters your nightstand?
The Secret Catalog! We’re working on 3 issues this year (!!!) so I’ll be planning and plotting for those. Think lots of colorful spreadsheets and lists. It’s not a boring as it sounds. I love every second.

What’s got you on your soapbox lately?
Where do I start?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?

Tell us about something you recently learned.
We’ve been working for the last 6 months to bring all of our garment manufacturing in-house. In the past we’ve worked with wonderful factories in NYC and other places, but it’s becoming more and more important to me to create the jobs here in our small town, and to have tighter control of exactly what we’re making. The collection we made for this issue was our first big experiment into making that dream a reality. And what I learned is that it was a lot easier than I thought it would be! It’s giving us a lot of hope and momentum as we move forward and expand our equipment, staff, and efforts here. It’s also given me a new sense of inspiration when it comes to designing, something I never expected to have! So, after years of resisting managing my own production and thinking it was the scariest thing ever, I’ve learned it’s not so hard, it’s super satisfying, and that it makes me a much better designer.

Current obsession?
Latch-hooking. It’s a craft process I return to from time to time and I can’t make myself stop. I made two hats for this issue and am dreaming of what to hook next. I love repetitive handwork and latch hooking is so satisfying! It’s super portable and I take it everywhere.

Who is your art crush?
My mom.

Find out more
Instagram: @statethelabel
Instagram: @secretcatalog