“In Medias Res” is a column in which photographer Chris Fenimore links up with some of fashion's most interesting people to see what they're wearing throughout the week.

At a time when American fashion feels more in flux than ever, there’s no questioning Emily Bode’s meteoric rise—firmly planting her eponymous brand at the center of the fashion conversation happening in New York, Paris and around the world. Known for her crafty, cut-up and highly referential style, Bode’s designs are as prized for their homespun quality as much as they are for their unique approach to fabrication and silhouette.

We caught up with the designer as she explains her history with fashion, the heirlooms she reworks with new life, and what’s next for her brand as it eyes a greater European presence.

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I've already asked in the past, but for those who are unfamiliar with that piece that I did, can you tell me a little bit about your childhood, where you grew up, and what you studied in college?

I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. My aunts and mother are quite into the arts, crafts, and antiques. I grew up antiquing in and around Atlanta. We had a couple antique shows like Scott's that was once a month, and it just kind of informed my childhood. I remember picking out my high chair when I was a kid from my parents’ best friend's house. There were a lot of Southern traditions that we followed. You know, going up to New England in the summertime was just as informative because of all the quilts that adorned my aunt’s house, and the craftsmanship in and around New England homes. Both of my parents are from Massachusetts, so I spent most of my summers in Massachusetts. Because I was always intrigued by fashion as a kid, I went to Parsons for menswear design and Eugene Lang [at The New School] for philosophy, so I did a dual degree. I always wanted to have a liberal arts education, but I knew that fashion was going to be my career, or at least I hoped it would be my career. It made sense to go to a trade school and then get a dual degree in philosophy as well.

How did you start your brand, and has anything changed since its inception?

On the initial launch, I just rented a space on Walker Street in the back of an architecture studio, and it was pretty serendipitous. I was working as a buyer at the time and doing a few freelance projects, and I took a photograph for The New York Times for an article. The writer of that article then proceeded to look at my Instagram and asked, "Are you working on something? Are you launching a menswear company?" At that time, I knew that I had wanted to launch Bode, but it was a little bit of a different idea. It was not necessarily grounded in antique textiles, like making from antique textiles. When she alluded to that opportunity I quickly ordered Bode labels, and I got my business plan together. I was working with a Masters student at Berkeley to write my business plan, who had previously worked at Levi's. I launched to time a T Magazine article with Men's Fashion Week and I launched with Ad Space on Walker Street. I took showroom appointments, and had friends and family come over, and industry people who I had met through interning and working.

I'm sure you've had to scale your brand with all your recent press and increase in wholesale accounts; what have you learned in the process? And has it changed how you design and source?

I feel like I've always designed the same way. I just think what I've noticed is that I've reverted back to ways from college a bit. When I first launched Bode, I didn't really utilize the methodologies that I learned in college or at my internships as much, and now from an organizational structure I've reverted back to some of those ways. Like… actually creating a mood board for the team, you know, fabric boards. I didn't do that when I first launched, so it was just me so I like had my book of swatches and embroideries. The way that we source, yes of course it’s changed. Upon launch, it was just one-of-a-kind objects, and now, like the second season I made my own textiles and embroideries in India. It’s definitely become a bigger part of the narrative, preserving those historical techniques with reproduction, but the foundation of the brand still is one of a kind.