Craftsmanship -


Discover how I create a one of kind wearable art piece.
Sonia Turner 88th company artist

A Work of Passion!

88th Company Craftsmanship is the core of the brand. Craftsmanship means that I, as an artist, do all the thrifting, concept design, painting, sewing, dyeing, and distressing by hand. Therefore, it takes long hours of work and even weeks to finish one custom piece. It is a labor of love and passion to provide you with the most unique wearable art piece that celebrates history.

Founder & ArtistSonia T.

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Craftsmanship Process

Thrifting Process

88th Company thrift

01. Thrifting

Hunt a few times a week for vintage military bags, jackets and workwear. This process can take long hours and sometimes travel to location.

88th Company cleaning Process

02. Cleaning

In order for you to have the perfect wearable art, all vintage items are washed and repaired if needed.

Design Process

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03. Measurements

All vintage items are carefully measured and recorded in 88th Co. inventory.

88th Company concept design

01. Research

Research through books, documentaries and movies for ideas for a unique design.

88th Company concept mockup design

02. Sketching

Flush out serval concept sketchs on paper.

Painting Process

88th company mockup

03. Mockup Design

Digitalize the sketches and print the mockup to test place it on the item.

88th company tracing

01. Painting

In order to trace, each design needs to be painted white first and trace second.

88th company painting process

02. Painting

The painting process can take two to three weeks. (Paint used for fabric: Speedball paint).

Leather Process

88th company heat press

03. Heat Pressing

After a few hours of drying, the entire painting is heat pressed to stick to the garment for life. It is also the best way to protect the art piece from water.

88th company leather cutting

01. Cutting

I first cut the shape on paper, trace it on the leather and cut it. Each piece of leather must be cleaned before painting.

88th company leather painting

02. Base Paint

The leather piece is painted white and the design is traced. (Paint used for leather: Angelus Paint) I would also press holes if the piece needs to be sawn to a garment.

88th company leather painting details

03. Painting

I paint the full design and when done I cover it with matte finisher. If the piece needs to be distressed, I would do it with sand paper.

Every Brush I Paint

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