About Us

Ginger Root Design: Your Modern Tailor.

Tailoring by Appointment. If you would like to schedule a fitting at Ginger Root Design, please call (202)567-7668 or email us at info@gingerrootdesign.com   Please no walk-ins, as we must insure that one of our professional tailoring staff is on-hand for the fitting/consultation.

As your modern tailor, Ginger Root Design offers basic alterations for men and women, tailoring of vintage garments, formalwear alterations (including bridal gowns on a case by case basis depending on current work load), and creative repairs and garment revamps. Please see our blog for example of our work and revamps.

*Note–We currently do not work on leather and fur.  Because we like to encourage repurposing whenever possible, we do not make things from scratch unless they are custom orders of our original designs.

Our History:

Ginger Root Design was born out of a combination of events, which we hope can only be encouraging to those who wish to follow their dreams. Kristen Swenson moved to DC with a waitressing job in September of 2009, and by November she started her own tailoring business (by the name of ReVamp) out of her apartment in the Shaw neighborhood. Three months later, Swenson was in need of an additional tailor and called up her best friend in Minnesota, Erin Derge. By the end of the conversation, Erin agreed to move out to DC within the month. The 2 friends quickly became busy with new customers and discovered their niche of repurposing old items from people’s closets that they weren’t wearing, but also couldn’t quite seem to let go of. The girls loved working with customers on how they could redesign and update the item into their new “favorite” item.

After 2 months, it became clear that the friends had already outgrown their apartment tailoring shop, and they began to look for studios. One very important day, Swenson and Derge sat out on the sidewalk enjoying the sun after a long day sewing, and they both admitted to their crazy dreams of each wanting to open their own shop. Both girls, trying not to give away their excitement said “That would be nice…” and realized without even saying it that they were going to make it happen. The girls found the perfect space and realized that there was the slightest possibility of having their own studio–they just had to transform the space in 6 weeks…while each tailoring 60 hours a week. So obviously they went for it.

ReVamp became Ginger Root Design–two redheads getting back to the roots of handmade. Ginger Root officially opened its doors in August of 2010. The clothing and neckwear in the shop is designed and sewn by the 2 owners, who love to repurpose and show people how eco-friendly can be classy.

Ginger Root has been open for over 3.5 years now, and even though it’s a lot of work, Erin and Kristen wouldn’t have it any other way.