Kalen and Astrid founded Upstate in 2010 based on a mutual love of making things. They wanted to create one of a kind pieces of wearable art, and began doing so using dye techniques based on Japanese shibori. Since then, Upstate has expanded their collections by innovating new dye techniques and incorporating paints and digital prints designed in their New York studio.

kalen and astrid design garments utilizing their own take on shibori* and dip dyeing. each item is hand dyed and one of a kind.

Shibori is a Japanese tradition of dyeing cloth using several different methods of binding, folding, or compressing the fabric. small changes in the combinations of binding and dyeing create an endless array of patterns and textures.