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Sorry Clementine

A local fashion designer who moved from studying social work to opening her own boutique.


“It took me half of my ’20s to figure out that this can be my real job,” says Suzanne Holifield, owner of local clothing business, Sorry Clementine. The brick & mortar shop opened last October and she describes it as “a huge experiment.”

sorry clementineThe conjoined shop/work-space was something that appealed to Suzanne because she can interact with customers. Suzanne describes herself as a people person, “It gets really lonely working for yourself,” Suzanne says, “especially when everything’s online.” Personal contact allows her to collaborate with customers to make custom designs. A person can modify a garment they like such as adding or removing buttons, pockets – even go into the back room to choose fabrics.

Although she designed clothing as a teenager, it wasn’t always her plan to run her own business. While studying social work, Suzanne sold online under the name Drop Dead Designs but when a Craft Lake City selling opportunity arose in 2008, she took the full-time plunge. Suzanne realized her style and work ethic had matured and was not so much in line with her prior punk, do-it-yourself mentality so she changed her name to Sorry Clementine which better reflects her style and allows for a broader demographic. She admits the name is relatively arbitrary.

Suzanne recently enrolled in SLCC’s fashion design program. She admits it is a little backwards to be returning to school now, after she’s established her name. On the first day of class, a fellow student mentioned owning a Sorry Clementine shirt. Suzanne even won a fashion design contest over another local designer who ended up being one of her professors. “I’m self-taught, built a company, and now I’m going to school for it,” she says with a smile.

See Suzanne’s work at the Sorry, Clementine 366 S 500 E #104, at 1970 in 9th&9th, and at Unhinged in Sugar House or visit www.facebook.com/sorryclementine

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