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Michael Smith

Our Story

Begins in the early 1980s, when I would take time off art school and follow the Grateful Dead on Tour, selling my signature T-shirts out of my '62 Volkswagen sunroof bug. People really liked what I was making, including some well known musicians of the day. I went back for my final semester of design school with an interest in learning everything I could about dyeing fabric to create something totally unique.

After experimenting with dye techniques from around the world, I arrived at my own unique variation of the Japanese Shibori Technique. I also added a number of festival-inspired silk styles and teamed up with my son to re-launch the brand as Manifest Color in 2016. Today, our work can be found in select boutiques from Asheville, NC to Beverly Hills, CA.

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Michael Smith

Design Philosophy


I believe color is a powerful tool for individualism and expression. My choice of colors and patterns draws heavily from the natural and supernatural. I believe clothing should move with you. Silk chiffon as a staple of the collection. It’s incredibly light, and infuses the wearer with graceful wisps of movement.

Craftsmanship

Craftsmanship


I believe in making quality clothing that is locally produced. Our silk collection was designed and sewn in Asheville, NC. Our design and sewing team has 30+ years experience and are an integral part of our process-- from the sketchbook to choosing the thread color on each garment. Not only does this make for a higher-quality product, it also means we get to work with our friends :)

Craftsmanship