Arlinda McIntosh is the creative director and founder of The Sofistafunk label. A slow fashioned lifestyle collection of versatile zero-waste skirts. In 1999 she requested her daughter-in-law Cheshire to join her in creating these Bold and empowering collectibles that awaken the memories of playing dress up all while maintaining the ability to transition from 9-5 to an after work affair with ease.
"Our signature Skirt, so lovingly called “The Gathering” was inspired by childhood memories of my mom, her family and friends as they gathered to work in the cotton fields of North Carolina. They talked empowerment of others in a each-one-teach-3 frame of mind. I was especially drawn to their full skirts, which seemed to blow musically on the wind, they were passed down and multifunctional. I'd watch them pin the hemlines up to the waist to create a large pocket that would hold various items needed for that day’s tasks, then by simply changing a few things and adding accessories, that same skirt that served them so well during the day seemed to magically transform into the most elegant outfit for other activities throughout the week. -Arlinda M.
Here at Sofistafunk, our respect for the voluminous Skirt is unwavering and designed as a reminder that we are empowered to do great things as we offer of ourselves to empower another". -Arlinda M.
From the boardroom to the ballroom whenever i wear a Sofistafunk Skirt to an event, its clear "there's a LADY in the room." -Anna Marie Horsford
*In our efforts to be more environmentally responsible, 99% cuttings are re-purposed into other useable fashion moments, so they never reach the already overflowing land fills.