Tara St James is the owner and head designer for the New York-based clothing label Study, an ethical contemporary brand entirely produced in New York City using sustainable materials. Formerly the creative director of Covet, a mainstream eco-friendly sportswear collection for men and women, Tara left to start Study in September 2009.
With the belief that open source material plays a strong role in the development of the sustainable design community, St James started Study Hall in the summer of 2010. Under her guidance, Study interns developed, produced and sold their own sustainable mini collections. Study Hall can now be found at several retailers in New York City and abroad.
St James lends her talent and skills to various organizations, including The Uniform Project (a fundraising platform using sustainable design to raise money for underprivileged children) and the Awamaki Lab (a program that fosters cross-cultural partnerships between young designers and Peru's Awamaki indigenous weaver collective), where she facilitates discussions about the intersection of sustainability, ethical sourcing, and product innovation.
Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, St James has lived and worked in New York since 2004, and now calls Brooklyn home. In the future, she hopes to expand fabric development, and add more accessories and a men’s line to her collection.