About Us

The Skirt Company   |   The Designer   

Arlinda McIntosh is the creative director and founder of The Sofistafunk label.  A slow fashioned and sustainable lifestyle collection of versatile minimum and zero-waste skirts and accessories.  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.  Her motto From age 2 to 102 "Let's Play Dress-Up For Real" 

"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 an 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.  These and other memories left me with a full Anthology of future "Skirt Stories" to tell. -Arlinda M.

Here at Sofistafunk, the voluminous Skirt reins Supreme and all else is an accessory to It, they also serve as a reminder that we are empowered to do great things as we offer of ourselves to empower another". -Arlinda M. 

My motto: From age 2 to 102  Let's play dress-up for real. 

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.