Tangle Syx was 20 years in the making, or 50 depending on how you count. It is the culmination of the frustration of not finding the clothes I wanted to wear, of an environmental education that began during several summers as a camp counselor, of appreciating historical fashion, of watching and reading about a myriad of women warriors, and of going through a really tough period from which I emerged with a new perspective.
Clothes are personality, decoration, communication, fantasy and armor all in one. Through them we show the world who we are, but also bolster our own sense of self and identity. I believe the future of clothes lies in customization, both in appearance and fit. At some point, the science fiction of ordering customized clothes before you get in the shower—that arrive by the time you get out—may become a reality. In the meantime, it is a more methodical and (especially for a small startup) slower process.
My goal is to design clothes that are durable and functional, beautiful and feminine. Clothes that are easy to wear and easy to care for. Clothes that help you to feel like your best self and won’t hold you back from whatever your day brings. Because you shouldn’t have to stop and think about what you’re wearing before you do what’s next.
Tangle Syx is also about the bigger picture: the materials, the manufacturers, the packaging, and how they affect the land and the lives they touch. Do these things matter? Or is it just a shirt? I think these things matter.
Every business should be a force for good. A company must make a profit to survive in the arena, but it can also do a lot of good along the way. It can create thoughtful meaningful work for people that produce thoughtful meaningful products, and if there’s any money leftover, that should go into growing the company and helping those in need.
So that’s the gist of it. At Tangle Syx we create slow fashion to fit you and your life. Progress not perfection is what we’re going for. As we grow, so will the good we are able to do. We hope you’ll join us.
What is FTD? Also known as Frontotemporal Degeneration, FTD is the most common form of dementia for people under age 60. It represents a group of brain disorders caused by degeneration of the frontal and/or temporal lobes of the brain. The progression of symptoms – in behavior, language, and/or movement – varies by individual, but FTD brings an inevitable decline in functioning. The person affected may experience increasing difficulty in planning or organizing activities. They may behave inappropriately in social or work settings, and have trouble communicating with others, or relating to loved ones. Average life expectancy is 7 to 13 years after the start of symptoms.
My husband, Chris Radcliff, was diagnosed with FTD in 2012 barely a month after our twins turned two years old. The last two and a half years of his life were spent in an assisted living facility, because he needed 24/7 care and supervision. Before FTD, he was a senior engineer, an all around great guy, and a new dad. FTD stole all of that from him, and stole him from us. He died in 2016 at the age of 53.
Now I help others going through their own FTD journeys by facilitating an AFTD-led support group, because talking to others who had been there made all the difference for me. Somehow through those tough times I found the courage, strength and resilience I needed to start this company that I’ve been dreaming about for 20 years. So when deciding how to give back, it felt like a natural fit to give 1% of our sales to the AFTD to help find a cure and to help those struggling on this difficult path.