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Edgy upcycled jeans, soft flannels, shorts and jackets designed and hand-crafted by daughter/mother team for Stubborn Jeans and you.
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Stubborn Jeans was begun by 17-year old Sophia Scanlan in her bedroom.  She was 16 at the time. Had about $18 in her savings account and desperately wanted the super-short decorated shorts she was craving on the internet.  After fruitless attempts at saving up for her $120 dream pair by washing the dog she ransacked the house for paints, brushes, laces, fabric and some mom jeans, went up to her room for about four hours and emerged with a couple pair of REALLY COOL shorts.

Sophia creating custom order shorts for a concert the next day. Loads of girls wanted concert shorts that week!
Sophia creating custom order shorts for a concert the next day. Loads of girls wanted concert shorts that week!

She wore them to school. Her friends saw them. They ordered. She made them shorts. Her friends wore them to school. Girls in the hallway saw them. They ordered and wore them.  Now Sophia was busy. One night she had to make five pairs of custom shorts and study for a History Final. That's when her costume designer/theatre director/teacher mom came on board. Victoria started helping Sophia and with her daughter's encouragement, created her own upcycled designs. 

Stubborn Jeans was born.

Sophia, a relatively shy though deeply stubborn girl, got up the guts to approach some local boutiques in the area with her shorts.  Every one said "yes". That was freaky. On the way out from this one really funky little shop, the owner asked if Sophia had any fall clothes. Horrified, Sophia said "no!" Victoria, excited, said "yes!".  In the car they started working on the fall line.

Super soft flannels for Stubborn Fall.
Super soft flannels for Stubborn Fall.

Money was interesting.  Sophia's most complex financial negotiations were centered on how to stretch her Christmas money to her birthday money in August. Now she was saving receipts from countless thrift and fabric store trips and paying down 10% of all earnings toward the overhead. Before Stubborn Jeans, overhead referred to how much room she had in the airplane on her family trip to the midwest! $45 to enter the fair in Haworth, $300 on trimmings in New York - an emergency trip to buy more skull studs to fill desperately needed shorts orders! After an initial layout of $2000 of family money, Stubborn Jeans was breaking even but a bit more money was needed to buy supplies and a new sewing machine.

Another sewing machine for the cat would be amazing!
Another sewing machine for the cat would be amazing!
Sophia working her first fair. Thanks to her friends for shopping that day!
Sophia working her first fair. Thanks to her friends for shopping that day!

The eco-friendly upcycling piece of this business is one of the best parts. Being a paycheck to paycheck family but living in a well-to-do area where most of Sophia's friends shop at pretty ritzy stores, Victoria had been showing Sophia how to look thriftily fashionable by trolling the Goodwill for many years. Jumping on that practice with gusto, Sophia will upcycle anything from anywhere: a thrift, a garage sale, her brother's closet; once the daughter-mother team starts dying/spattering/painting/studding/lacing and ripping - they've made something unique and amazing from what might have been wasted. 

Wacky home methods for bleaching and dying the shorts. Crazy!
Wacky home methods for bleaching and dying the shorts. Crazy!
Camo shorts for Stubborn Jeans.  Rock these.
Camo shorts for Stubborn Jeans. Rock these.
Stubborn Jeans - gotta have.
Stubborn Jeans - gotta have.
Upcycled, one-of-a-kind denim vests for Stubborn Fall by Sophia Scanlan and Victoria Pero.
Upcycled, one-of-a-kind denim vests for Stubborn Fall by Sophia Scanlan and Victoria Pero.

The best part is being together. We have one more year together before Sophia goes to college to study fashion and criminal justice. We'll keep distance designing which is going to be such a great challenge but the past year has been a beautiful one of sharing, learning from each other, supporting each other's ideas and experimenting. Racing into New York and illegally parking on 38th Street to get the final 15 minutes in the trimmings store so we could buy last-minute skull trim in order to fill orders is the stuff of hilarious memories.  

Stubborn Jeans - super stud jeans jacket. Yes, please.
Stubborn Jeans - super stud jeans jacket. Yes, please.

Going to the Punk to Couture exhibit at the Met and then talking non-stop in the car on the way home about new designs will stay with us forever. The support from family and friends buying shorts has been best of all. Thank you all so much for any help you can give our fledgling company and keep ordering! Love Sophia and Victoria.

A lovely article about Sophia in her local paper.
A lovely article about Sophia in her local paper.

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge is time. Sophia is applying to colleges, running track, being a senior at a pretty challenging high school, co-teaching fashion up-cycling classes with her mom and maintaining a healthy social life. Victoria, her mom, is a full-time teacher, designer and mom of three kids. As we grow, we might need to add more staff. That could be great opportunity for us to nurture another young designer. Since Victoria teaches super-smart, talented high school students she knows some really great young designers. Jobbing out the work and encouraging new design ideas would be a next natural step in a company that was started by a high school girl.

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    You will receive a lot of love and a one-of-a-kind framable hand written thank you note on our signature Stubborn Jeans dyed/bleached/studded/laced/distressed totally cool fabric.

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    You will receive a giant kiss and a Stubborn Jeans hand-upcycled unique scarf. Made of the softest fabrics, each piece is hand dyed, spattered, distressed, laced and studded for a one-of-a-kind statement piece to accent any wardrobe. Dress up your jeans or slum down your sequins with this fabulous piece of neck art.

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    You will receive a kiss, a hug, tears of gratitude and an incredibly cozy, super-soft Stubborn Jeans hand-upcycled unique flannel sleeveless shirt vest. Each garment is hand dyed, bleached, distressed and studded for a one-of-a-kind statement piece that can be worn alone as a top or layered over a favorite shirt. Rock this top in small/med/large.

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    You will receive a kiss, a hug, flowing tears of gratitude, and TWO pairs of our signature product: Stubborn Jeans hand-upcycled unique decorated shorts. Each pair will be made to order. You may choose any studs, laces, spattering/dying techniques and fabric decorations. A pair for you and a pair for your grateful new best friend just in time for the spring!

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    You will receive a kiss, a hug, hysterical cries of joy on your voicemail, two new best friends AND a 2-hour private fashion upcycling class with co-designers Sophia Scanlan and Victoria Pero at their home in their totally awesome little design studio. Pass this wonderful artistic learning experience onto any young designer in your life or keep it for yourself and spread your design wings. Door prizes include any one garment in our studio - your choice!

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