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River's new brand is RIVTAKhandmade. Please check out the new website and shop at {rivtak.com}. This profile is still used for purchasing only. Please make any inquiries to {rivtakhandmade@gmail.com}. Thanks!

Riverbasin Outfitters is the progression of clothing and accessories designed and crafted by River Takada-Capel; this has now evolved to RIVTAK.
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, dyeing, screen printing, and sewing with my interest in fashion to make eco-conscious, ready-to-wear clothing and accessories.
I love what I do and the simple life I live. I believe it is more important than…

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  • Born on January 1
  • Joined July 23, 2009

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About

RIVTAK.com @rivtak
River's new brand is RIVTAKhandmade. Please check out the new website and shop at {rivtak.com}. This profile is still used for purchasing only. Please make any inquiries to {rivtakhandmade@gmail.com}. Thanks!

Riverbasin Outfitters is the progression of clothing and accessories designed and crafted by River Takada-Capel; this has now evolved to RIVTAK.
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, dyeing, screen printing, and sewing with my interest in fashion to make eco-conscious, ready-to-wear clothing and accessories.
I love what I do and the simple life I live. I believe it is more important than ever to be kind, thoughtful and sharing with the people around us, to share knowledge of my craft and educate people so that in small ways we are making a big difference. I support other artists, local farmers and businesses.
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! I like to call this Eco.Eco business, ecologically and economically friendly.

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 outdoors 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.
SCAD 1st year dropout
Haywood Community College graduate 2009 in Fibers.
Currently working from home studio in Carrboro, NC doing Riverbasin Outfitters full time. Selling clothing online and at craft markets.

A few market's I done in the past:
Festifall (Chapel Hill, NC)
Double Decker (Oxford, MS)
Artist and Fleas (Brooklyn, NY)
Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival (Pittsboro, NC)
American Craft Council (Baltimore, MD)
Renegade Craft Fair (Austin, TX)
doing an intense study in fibers; weaving, dyeing, printing and sewing; as well as gaining guidance in starting a small craft business. Stayed tuned for more adventures.

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