We had the good fortune of connecting with MaKenzie Godso and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi MaKenzie, what inspires you?
I feel like it’s so cliche, but I’m inspired by everything! I’m an attentive watcher- I’m always taking in my surroundings, from people passing by to the way the world moves around me. Something as simple as the way someone’s outfit moves can spark an idea for me in my own work. And then of course runway shows, vintage editorials and street style photographs always captivate me. I try to sit down once a week and comb through Pinterest to keep the revolving images in my head fresh and new.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a designer using upcycled material to create one of a kind clothing. I always had this fear of sewing, that it seemed so concrete and difficult, that I ended up ignoring my longing to create clothing for so long. At the insistence of some dear friends, I finally dove in and have never looked back. I’m most proud of my progress in a relatively short amount of time (I only began sewing during the pandemic). I’ve created things I thought would take me years to build up to. To be honest, it has been easy. I feel so at ease and comfortable in front of my sewing machine, that it feels so natural to create clothes. I’ve been intimidated by certain silhouettes or aspects of sewing (zippers still scare me!) but it’s never been this hardship I’ve had to overcome. All steps of the process feel so ingrained in me, from envisioning new silhouettes, to fabric sourcing to actual construction, that I feel excited to sew.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am still relatively new to Portland, but in the short amount of time I’ve been here, I’ve cultivated a love for so much of the city. Portland has no shortage of food places, but a few of my favorites that would absolutely be on the tour would be Gumba (the most delicious pasta I’ve had), Bollywood Theater (charming atmosphere and scrumptious Indian food) and a stop at Salt and Straw (for a flight of speciality ice cream flavors)! As for shopping, we would have to stop in at Banshee, Red Light Clothing Exchange, and Workshop Vintage. The Oregon coast has my heart, so I would absolutely road trip out to Cannon Beach for a day of lazing about and strolling through the adorable town.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The greatest loves of my life are my supportive friends and family who push me at every step, who constantly shout my success and comfort me during the “lows”. From the beginning, my parents have always been the ones to encourage me to do what I want in life, and that support is so special. From my teenage years, my old boss and now close friend Josh Holder has shaped me into the vintage enthusiast and rabid fashion lover I am today. His push for me to create my own clothing really has helped me evolve into the seamstress I am today. My dear friend Laura Shaw taught me how to sew and encouraged me along the way to make mistakes, in an effort to hone my skills. My supportive besties (Emily, Elizabeth, Lauren, Logan, Madison) to name a few, are always there hyping me up at every turn, and their enthusiastic support really pushes me on days when I feel low. I love you all!