Shop the Brand Creating Unique Hand-Dyed Fashions

This ancient Japanese dye technique puts your DIY tie-dye to shame.

Upstate Nebula Palm Dress, $396, at youreupstate.com 
Upstate Nebula Palm Dress, $396, at youreupstate.com 
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Fast fashion is great until you're caught at an event wearing the same thing as someone across the room. If you want a special piece that no one else has an exact replica of, you have to commission a seamstress—or shop Upstate

Using an ancient Japanese hand-dye technique called Shibori as well as marbling and digital prints, founder and designer for the brand Kalen Kaminski creates pretty patterns that are unique to each piece. In on-trend silhouettes like the breeze tank ($225), indigo crop ($180) or the tea-length dress ($295), the playful made-in-the-USA creations are perfect for a springtime adventure. 

Upstate Birthday Dress, $346; Earth Itajime Shorts, $268; Oxford Buttondown, $198
Upstate Birthday Dress, $346; Earth Itajime Shorts, $268; Oxford Buttondown, $198
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We're eyeing this Anemone oxford ($198) for our 9-to-5 wardrobe and the Nebula jumpsuit ($480) for our weekend escapades. Be prepared to answer "where did you get that?" queries almost every time you sport one of these pizzaz-filled pieces. 

See the entire line and shop Upstate, here.

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