Susan Cagan started Valley Vogue Collections in 2007 with her close friend, Fran Nowak, as a collaborative effort to combine their skills in handweaving and design to produce fine quality wearable art. Through the years, they expanded their resources to include hand dyed and hand spun fibers. Their studio work flowed into Susan's home where they enjoyed a dye room. Discoveries in color are best created in memorable "dye days". At Valley Vogue, alternative fibers were used in a continuing effort to explore ecofriendly and unique materials. One of their favorites was a line of shawls woven on a triloom that feature both art yarns and hand dyed fibers. In 2017, Fran and Susan found their busy lives left them little time to continue to keep up the pace and demands of their growing business. Susan moved to a smaller studio at Indian Orchard Mills and worked to keep Valley Vogue alive in a new way. Fran still manages to stop in and enjoy conversation and plans for collaborative efforts. After all, Fran's shrinkart is unique, beautiful, fun and fabric friendly.
Valley Vogue New Lines continues to operate out of a repurposed mill complex located in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. Its active on site artist community shares in sponsoring art exhibits for the community in its Dane Gallery. Valley Vogue New Lines exhibits in the Dane Gallery twice a year in the fall and spring. Valley Vogue New Lines hopes to continue to support community causes through education, donations and collaborative works with local artists.
There is always something new in Valley Vogue New Lines studio. Susan love to merge her talent in fiberarts to produce art whether it is a product of a new series of dyes, fabric manipulation, spun art yarn or woven/knit scarves or shawls. Susan hopes to continue to offer embellishments by Fran in shawl pins and buttons designed specifically for selected individual items. All products are from Valley Vogue New Line hands to yours.