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riverbasin outfitters is the progression of clothing and accessories designed and crafted by River Takada-Capel.
    My goods are made from materials that are recycled, found, and reclaimed.  I get my materials from thrift stores, yard sales, flea markets and through the giving hands of so many people. 
    I combine my education in craft, weaving, dying, screen printing, and sewing with my interest in fashion to make trendy, eco-conscious, ready-to-wear clothing and accessories. 
   
    My mom came up with the idea of EcoEco; ecologically and economically friendly.  With our economy on the brink of a recession, it is more important than ever to be kind, thoughtful and sharing with the people around us.  I believe in sharing knowledge of my craft and educating people so that in small ways we are making a big difference.  I support other artists, local farmers and businesses. 
    I love what I do and the simple life I live.  I try to pass my joy of making onto other people, but I also want to support myself with my craft.  Thus, I've started selling my things.  Luckily, I come by art equipment and materials so inexpensively, at great quality that I can pass on those price breaks to you, my customer and supporter!  So Thank You and let us make this a beautiful and safe earth to raise our children in together.
 

I strive to leave as small an environmental footprint as possible.  Please share this website with a friend.  You are the best advertisement and support I can have.  Thank You!


about the design-creator
   
Born in Tokyo and raised in Carrboro, NC, I have come to love and appreciate the buzz of the city and ease of a small town.  I have collected inspiration from Tokyo and gained support in my ever growing community in North Carolina.
    When I was 17, I moved to Tokyo to live with my grandparents and worked at a cake and tea house called Christie in Toshimaen.  This gave me a serge of freedom, independence and adventure.  When I wasn’t working, I was walking all around Tokyo, riding the subway to random locations, exploring back alley ways, sightseeing and window shopping.  I saw the most amazing clothing, jewelry and displays that were scattered all over the place.
    I borrowed my grandmother’s sewing machine, and using materials I found at thrift stores, I put to use my sewing skills taught to me by my mama, Kazuko; I started mimicking designs I had seen in the city and in magazines.
    Now, with a practice of sewing under my belt, I combine trendy inspirations from magazines, the style my oh-so cute friends, and the call of the out doors along with the use of found materials and draping on a dress form to design my clothing and accessories.  I am inspired by organic shapes, geometric designs and textiles with a history. 
    With wonderfully artistic parents who gave me Monet poster art, a hand built do
ll house, hand sewn clothing and delicious food from this earth; I have had the ideal up bringing of a creative mind.
    Ever conscious of my foot print on this beautiful earth, I do my part in reducing waste and reinventing clothing and life accessories out of reused materials.  I find my materials at thrift stores, flea markets, free give-aways and yard sales.  By doing this I can up cycle old garments, bed sheets, paper and at the same time, keep down the eventual retail price I pass on to my customers.
    My travels, and the good advice of a friend, brought me to Haywood Community College (Clyde, NC) where I immersed myself in an intense 2 year study in fibers; weaving, dyeing, printing and sewing; as well as gaining guidance in starting a small craft business. 
    My path has brought me full circle back to my home town of Chapel Hill.  Here I've decided to nestle in and get to know this community all over again.  With the love and support of local businesses and friends I hope to open a studio where I can create and teach. 
    Thanks so much for stopping by.  Be sure to click around the rest of the website- I do it all myself so any comments are welcome.  If you would like to join the mailing list (website updates, store updates, sales and events), please send an email to river.rei@gmail.com with the subject of JOIN!

Stayed tuned for more adventures.
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Fiber Studio at Haywood Community College
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