From the Austin rock scene to NYC fashion shoots and Oscar dressing rooms, local Orlando tailor extrordinaire Bonnie Barton takes us on her entrepreneurial journey, the hustle & (literal) bustle, being a boss who thinks in terms of the currency of generosity and her plans to grow her business, Common Thread Orlando, by building a sewing school and bringing styled sewing back to the kitchen table.
About our guest
Bonnie Lewis is a freelance tailor and founder of Common Thread Orlando, a textile workroom located at the FAVO space in the Ivanhoe district. Building on her impressive career and passion for tailoring, she is developing a sewing school with a emphasis on pattern making & fabrics that are meaningful and ethical.
Based out of New York City, Bonnie Lewis and her sewing machine have travelled far and wide for many clients in fashion and entertainment and represented by the modest, yet legendary, tailor and agent, Lars Nord. Through him, Ms Lewis was honored to bring her talents to a variety of shoots, Bryant Park and now Lincoln Center shows, junkets, sample rooms, celebrity suites on Oscar night, dressing rooms for talk shows and more. She has also been included in Ralph Lauren’s coveted advertising team for thirteen years and has been given the privilege of tailoring Collection, Purple Label, RRL, Chaps and everything in between working with the most talented and diligent names in the field.
She started her career owning Atelier, a custom clothing and alterations salon in Austin, TX, which prepared her to solve any fit issue for any body type and became an expert tailor in alterations. She is also an experienced prop designer and can turn out one of a kind pieces while on set.