Founder, Head Seamstress
I'm Nayantara, the founder of TWS.
I've been sewing since I was a little kid. See exhibit A.
Exhibit A. . .
I studied in the Fashion Design program at Syracuse University, which armed me with a solid understanding of construction as well as design and fashion history. I focused on formalwear and high end ready-to-wear throughout my studio classes, and learned a great deal about evening gowns with an internship with The Danes, always enjoying hands-on learning experiences and the art of sewing.
With my degree, I moved to Brooklyn, New York and began working for the bespoke women's suit designer, Dara Lamb, where I learned the importance of a custom fit and many tailoring tricks. I then honed my pattern making and sewing skills with a job at the online sewing community BurdaStyle.com.
After noticing the need for a reliable and creative seamstress in my neighborhood in North Brooklyn, I set out with flyers and safety pins to spread the word about the skills and expertise I had to offer, and voila! The Williamsburg Seamster was born as a local traveling tailor service. Though I offered tailoring of all kinds in the first few years, rising demand for my services by brides encouraged me to focus on bridal exclusively, and I haven't looked back since. After 10 years in Brooklyn, I relocated to LA for all the right reasons (sunshine, love, work opportunities), and now enjoy working out of my bright studio in downtown LA. I've been lucky enough to call over 1,000 brides my clients, and continue to grow TWS in order to help more brides achieve their wedding dress dreams.
I also study social responsibility and labor rights in the global apparel industry and work with garment workers to improve working conditions- you can read more about that here.
I love a bad jokes and good dogs.
Rachel has extensive experience in fashion and costuming, having studied Clothing Design in her home state of Minnesota, and couture sewing at the Paris American Academy. She's an aerial artist, outspoken community activist, and a joyful, positive presence in the TWS studio downtown.