Lindsay Degen's passion for knitting began at the age of three when her grandmother gave her a set of knitting needles and taught her how to stitch. Over the years Degen honed her skills and made a name for herself in her hometown of Mariemont, Ohio, weaving basic thread into unique pieces, each telling a story about her life and experiences.
In pursuit of mastering her skill set, Lindsay attended Central Saint Martins and the Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied under knit master Liz Collins. After graduating from RISD, Degen moved to New York City and continued her concept-based binge knitting.
During September Fashion Week 2011, Lindsay launched a capsule collection of knit bras, underwear and socks under the namesake, DEGEN. The debut collection tackled and embraced the cultural anxiety concerning the human figure, and created a dialogue that revealed the quirky, absurd, and humorous visual language of the body. "My brand celebrates the human body as a work of art and encourages expression through garments. A product of obsession, DEGEN embodies the lover of the handmade, general silliness, and an exploration of ideas through the knitted stitch," says Lindsay Degen.
This past Fall, DEGEN launched a full Ready-to-Wear collection that includes sweaters, dresses, leggings, and even shoes. The collection, titled ASK TELL, garnered rave reviews and solidified DEGEN as an up-and-coming designer in the New York scene.