Hansel Clothing is an upcycled art and apparel brand helmed by New York City artist and St. Louis native, Mikaela Clark. Featuring color-punched contemporary art with a hint of nostalgia, Hansel Clothing's hand-painted jackets and one of a kind apparel are joyful reminders to live for your inner kid. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your own custom piece.
I'm Mikaela, a multi-disciplinary visual artist and the one-woman show behind Hansel Clothing.
Based in Brooklyn, like most twenty-somethings in the city, I can't call myself a native New Yorker; but the city (and its non-stop flow of energy, art, and human interaction) has definitely had an indelible impact on my work.
I was born and raised in ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, (you may know us by our jazz, or having the best barbecue in the midwest), into a family of resourceful individuals who did what they needed to, but also left room for their art, music, poetry, community building -- and. and, and. I'm grateful for my roots, for showing me, early on, the important role art serves in LIFTING US UP and bringing us together. So, in 2017, during a particularly tough season of life, I started Hansel Clothing as a way to cope and find levity.
It began simply, with a few customized denim jackets for friends, but grew, steadily over time, into a thriving small business supported by an expansive community of kind, creative individuals.
Through the growth, the mission has stayed the same: TO BRING JOY THROUGH ART and make showing up as your truest self as easy as getting dressed. I combine classic workwear silhouettes that keep you comfortable, with VIBRANT art works and design elements that make your wardrobe staples feel fresh. Every item is handpainted or made by me, with upcycled and vintage materials, so no two pieces are exactly alike. The result is EARTH-CONSCIOUS, everyday wear for the studio, the office, and everywhere else life takes you.
Welcome to the wonderful world of Hansel, where everything is colorful: just like you.