Blaine Halvorson is a hands-on creator that dreams up experiences, spaces and tactile collections that are mood, memory and idea, distilled down their essence and transferred into materials – thread and leather, flannel and canvas, cotton and metal, brick and steel.
"DESCRIBING THE BIZARRE, HIGHLY IMAGINATIVE WORLD OF BLAINE HALVORSON IS LIKE TRYING TO TELL SOMEONE ABOUT A COLOR THEY HAVE NEVER SEEN - NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE." AMANDA FORTINI, NEW YORK TIMES
Born and raised on a farm in Montana, he learned to build with his hands—a skill that converges with his artistic talent across multiple mediums. Little stands in his way on the path to an idea’s execution, whether it is a painting, a pair of custom-made shoes, a hand-painted scarf, or an art installation.
Halvorson’s reputation as radical innovator and brand-builder is well known.
In 1998, he launched Junk Food Clothing—a global leader in vintage and music nostalgia apparel, which he led to its successful public offering in 2005.
In 2013 he founded his luxury brand, MadeWorn, featuring one of a kind, exquisitely crafted, pieces – hand-tooled shoes with a distinct patina of age and romance, vintage Rolexes hand-carved and etched with delicate filigree, rock n’ roll concert tees that resonant with adolescent angst.
Focusing on sustainable manufacturing and locally sourced materials, MadeWorn is one of the few companies that can boast that all their creations are absolutely and entirely – American made.
Halvorson oversees every aspect of production, from the weaving of organic cotton T-shirts at his downtown Los Angeles factory, to the impassioned, by-hand detailing executed at his Fairfax District showroom.
This appointment-only, experiential space is a 360-degree world, part designer’s studio, cobbler’s workshop, art museum, and concert space. The 12,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor compound is a meticulously curated dreamscape, offering products that reveal an intimacy with raw materials and hand processes.
He creates modern work that hold a deep nostalgia, clothing, art, accessories, and immersive spaces, that seems as if they have traveled through time, arriving to remind us that nothing is truer – than the touch of a human hand.