Tara St James is the owner and head designer for the New York-based clothing label Study, an ethical contemporary womenswear brand produced in New York City using sustainable materials.
As befits the founder of a line named Study, Tara St. James takes a reflective, directional approach to fashion design–eschewing the standard retail calendar in favor of monthly capsule collections and elevating no-waste patternmaking to new heights. Her break-the-mold designs, which are made in the U.S.A., are a surprisingly wearable brand of high-concept minimalism.
Tara St James was born and raised in Montreal, a city known for cultivating young talent before setting it free on the world. In primary school, she was a big math nerd and won a contest to become Canada's top math student in the 4th grade. In high school, Tara was captain of the debate team and planned to study political science and become the first female Prime Minister of Canada. Instead, she studied menswear tailoring in a design school that offered a lot in terms of technical training . After graduation she spent a year traveling around Australia, making costumes for Mardi Gras and doing work for local tailors. Upon her return to Montreal, she started working in the denim industry where she learned how to design, cut, fit and wash a pair of jeans in more ways than are imaginable. After 6 years making jeans, she knew it wasn't her calling, and applied her industry education to starting an eco-friendly mass-consumer line called Covet. This line benefited from her vast knowledge of production and textile sourcing.
In 2009, Tara finally started Study NY, a line that was all her own. Small, conceptual, sustainable and ever-changing, Study is her outlet for all she feels is missing from the fashion industry. Mainly it's her way to make clothing she wants to wear, and wants to see others wearing.