Fran Nowak and Susan Cagan started Valley Vogue Collections in 2007 as a collaborative effort to combine their skills in handweaving and design to produce fine quality wearable art. Through the years, they have expanded their resources to include hand dyed and hand spun fibers. Their studio work flows into Susan's home where they enjoy a dye room. Discoveries in color are best created in memorable "dye days". At Valley Vogue alternative fibers are used in a continuing effort to explore ecofriendly and unique materials. One of their favorites is a line of shawls woven on a triloom that feature both art yarns and hand dyed fibers.
(For more details on fibers used, see link in Product Line.)
Valley Vogue Collections operates 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 Collections exhibits in the Dane Gallery several times a year. Other venues include local artisan fairs, exhibits and retail outlets. Valley Vogue Collections supports community causes through education, donations and collaborative works with local artists.
There is always something new in Valley Vogue's studio. Fran and Susan love to merge their talents, share new ideas and explore new ways to produce their art whether it is a new series of dyes, making dyes from the garden, spinning a silkier yarn or weaving a lace. When they lock on a winning combination, they put it into production. Marketing jewelry and embellishments has recently evolved to include shawl pins and buttons designed specifically for selected individual items. All products are from their hands to yours.