Denise Bayron is a designer and patternmaker whose work spans the fiber arts to include knitting, sewing, crochet, and macrame. Her work has been written about in The New Yorker, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Seamwork Magazine. Receiving international recognition, her sweater patterns have been published in Laine Magazine (Finland) and Making (USA). In 2020, after a public vote, Denise was named Designer of the Year by Knit Now Magazine (UK). She was nominated in the Modern Daily Knitting Bracket in 2019 and 2020 for her sweater patterns. Most recently, in April 2020, BeLatina News published an article dubbing her “The Afro-Latina DIY Queen Who Will Inspire You to Revamp Your Life.”
Denise Bayron designs modern garments that are practical, minimal and most often geometric. After fifteen years of working as an executive in the fast fashion industry in NYC, she transitioned to patternmaking as a means of reconciling her love of fashion with a desire to live more sustainably. By designing patterns, Denise hopes to empower the home knitter and sewist with the tools, knowledge, and autonomy to create the handmade wardrobe of their dreams. She hopes that makers will use her patterns as the basic infrastructure for a garment, but then customize the fiber selection, fit, and color. Of course, each maker can also source their materials sustainably and control the waste that is created in the process. In the end, each garment is a collaboration between designer and maker, and therefore a piece of handmade art.
As an Afro Latina, Denise also strives to make the slow fashion industry a more inclusive space through representation and education. She travels the world teaching knitting and sewing classes. Please keep in touch on Instagram @bayronhandmade and on bayronhandmade.com