The Electric Thread That Drew Us Together

Here are our personal stories behind the name Electric Thread. Read on to find out how we came up with it and what it means to us.


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Liz

The easiest decision we've ever made was starting a business together in early 2016. The rest to follow, has been, and will continue to be, growing opportunities that will teach us valuable lessons in life and in partnership. The trick, we've learned, is to take small bites and chew for a while, digesting one thing at time.

Our first lesson in starting a business was deciding on a name, which is much harder than it sounds. Days turned to weeks. Journal pages covered with charts of words and their synonyms were piling. Hundreds of back-and-forth texts running off one another's ideas finally caught wind when the words "electric thread" stood out. We knew it was the right decision when we came across a memorable passage in Patti Smith's M Train. 

Right there, among the pages of an old woman's brain ramblings eloquently written down into imaginative prose, was a moment describing the connection between her and husband Fred "Sonic" Smith. 

Where did the day go? Suddenly I remembered how Fred once found a small portable record player in the closet of a cabin we'd rented in northern Michigan. When he opened it up there was a single of "Radar Love" on the turntable. A telepathic love song by Golden Earring that seemed to speak of our long-distance courtship and the electric thread that drew us together.

The electric thread—after reciting the words a few times in my brain as I lay with M Train opened on my chest, I realized that we have that connection, too. Everyone does. There's a thread, a fine line, in which our narrative carries out, and Nikki and I happened to connect just at the right time, when ours crossed paths. From here, the story goes, is what we'll find out—together.

Grab on to the Electric Thread, the one that drew us together, and come along, we're going places. -LE

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Nikki

Patti Smith has always gone hand in hand with the word "calm" in my mind. Whenever I read her poetry or hear her words, I feel at ease. I'm also pretty sentimental to the idea that the cosmos send us signs if we choose to pay attention. Because of this logic, whenever something of Patti's gets introduced to me, I tend to see it as a signal to go in that direction. To say yes!

Liz and I had been debating what to call this new venture of ours for awhile. This was a fresh, completely unchartered page for the both of us, so we wanted it to be just right. It had to be. There were many ideas thrown around, but nothing was really being caught and held. Finally, it was mentioned by Liz, "...what about Electric Thread?" Hmm...I liked it. Yeah, lets let it simmer for a moment. We had just recently gone to see Patti speak in Nashville. She had been sick, but hopeful, and waiting at the end of the night for the crowd was a copy of her new book, M Train. We left enlightened and both started into Patti's musings. A few days later, I got a message from Liz, "Read page 78 in M Train!!"

Where did the day go? Suddenly I remembered how Fred once found a small portable record player in the closet of a cabin we'd rented in northern Michigan. When he opened it up there was a single of "Radar Love" on the turntable. A telepathic love song by Golden Earring that seemed to speak of our long-distance courtship and the electric thread that drew us together.

It was perfect. Mother Patti had chosen it herself. 

Electric Thread is about clothing, its pretty obvious. But its also about the art and passion behind the garments - the story of how it came to be. Most older items were crafted with more time and love than today. We'd like to keep that idea alive. We find and offer well crafted vintage - each piece having a history. We also create our own designs using the old craftsmanship techniques and updating it for today's world. Each creation is an art project, often times using a small amount of found material so there can only be one in existence.  

This is just the beginning for us. We plan to take all the signs, words, music, poetry, textures, and emotions that we find in this world, and turn it back into something magical. - NB

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