“Hand-weaving is a very traditional craft,” Steinmetz says. “I learned how to
do it from little old
ladies on YouTube!” The 28-year-old French designer’s handwoven jeans, denim jackets, and T-shirts—which she’s been producing out of her East London atelier for almost a year—are made from unspun cotton yarn and hand-twisted curly mohair. A single pair of pants takes more than a week to complete. Her next project is no
less labor intensive:
She is experimenting with intricate pleating.