By Adrienne Perron
Photographed by Jason Frank
From our April 2022 problem

Within the late Eighties, when curiosity prices for firm output monetary loans grew to become too excessive to separate into accountable income, Valerie Beggs give up doing work as an neutral model designer and began off finishing up constructing. Simply earlier than the preliminary profession of her a few-month stint on a shingling crew, she sewed herself a pair of wool overalls to don. These overalls — straight-legged and gray, with a zipper down the entrance and thin black straps that crossed in regards to the shoulders — caught the curiosity of some earlier customers. So in 1989, Beggs began off selling them, debuting her Woodland Waders ladies’s line, which additionally included shirts, jackets, cardigans, and vests. “You possibly can’t escape what you are supposed to do,” she claims.

In its heyday, the road was highlighted in way of life magazines and was worn by Carly Simon, who commissioned Beggs for a plaid pair of overalls within the late ’90s, Beggs suggests. Then, in 2000, Woodland Waders went dormant when Beggs signed on to model and design ladies’s sportswear for the posh garments group Woolrich, adopted by a stint at a boutique-y outdoors-apparel maker in Pennsylvania. When she moved to Maine complete-time and settled in South Portland, in 2018 — following roughly 70 a few years of testing her household’s multi-generational camp in Harpswell — she felt impressed to return to easy, cozy, and outdoor-helpful clothes.

Way over 3 a very long time quickly after Woodland Waders debuted, they’re once more. Beggs up-to-date varieties and further new varieties, on the market solely at Portland Investing Co. (83 Market St. 207-370-0714). This thirty day interval, her spring assortment drops, showcasing wool wader overalls and clothes — equally modeled on fisherman’s waders — moreover shirts impressed by sailor middy blouses, fishtail T-shirts upcycled from aged males’s union satisfies, and extra. “There’s this good Maine file that could be a design and elegance dedication for me,” the now-72-yr-old Beggs says. “There’s Fly Rod Crosby, who developed a skirt she may wade into waterways with, and lobsterwomen sporting overalls, and the layers we don for warmth on this article, like shawls and wraps. I model and design issues which are integral to those existence. I invent for the human whole physique.”


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