About Us

 

April Madden Studio is fueled by the love of rich luxurious textiles, especially vintage handmade fabrics from all across the globe. Our silhouettes are created with care to not only showcase these amazing fabrics, but set a precedence for size inclusivity. Using primarily vintage fabrics is our pleasure, but also our way of preserving the resources of our planet. The fashion industry is second only to the oil and gas industry in regards to annual pollution; being a small independent brand lends itself to a caring approach to both our clothing and the environment it exists in. Each of our pieces is lovingly designed and produced in the heart of Kansas City. We focus on quality garment construction such as French seams, bias binding created by hand, and narrowed rolled hems. These techniques are best suited for the delicate fabrics we adore, and to us, the inside of a garment should look as just good as the outside! We feel that the love and attention to detail we pour into each look passes on to each of our lovely customers as they move freely in our clothing, feeling the joy of wearing something as special and unique as they are.
  

 

 April Madden: Founder, Designer

April Madden is the designer and creative force behind our brand. April learned to sew at the age of 12 taught by her Mother, Aunt and Grandmother: three women who continue to influence her every day. After completing her degree in Fashion Design April spent the next 18 years of her career as a freelance Costume Designer as well as creating custom Evening and Bridal wear for clients.

Moving to Kansas City six years ago allowed her to pivot completely and focus on the creation of her own clothing line. The years as a costume designer not only deepened her love of fashion history, but also for the origins of the handmade traditional textiles that now inspire every garment in her collections.

The importance of a well made garment leans heavily on it's "fit", and although custom pieces are always an option, April focuses on creating one of a kind pieces that are inclusive to all shapes and sizes. 

 

 

Special Thanks

 

We want to highlight the talented people who helped us create images that truly embody our brand: our lovely model Toni Marie Talley, and Doris Graves, owner and curator of the amazing location of our latest photo shoot, The Gathering Place KC. Thank you to both of these beautiful women, they are an inspiration to us all!

 

 Toni Marie Talley: Summer 2020 model

Toni Marie Talley of Kansas City, Missouri is signed with Exposure Model and Talent Agency. She has been apart of the Kansas City fashion community for five years, having walked the runway for designers featured in KCFW, The Kritiq', ‪West 18th Street Fashion Show‬, and Local Runway. She has also walked for designers in New York Fashion Week and Miami Swim Week. 
 
Though Toni loves serving looks on the catwalk and in photoshoots, she's no stranger to public speaking and delivering on-screen interviews. She has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Digital Media from the illustrious Claflin University and her Masters of Science degree in Administrative Studies from Missouri State University.
 
 When Toni is not modeling, she enjoys spending time with her adorable and energetic son, TJ, managing her blog, The Mommy Model, volunteering with Fashion Honors Autism, working out, happy hours and cooking.

 

 

 Doris Graves: Owner\Curator The Gathering Place KC

Doris Graves believes first in loving people and then, loving stuff. She believes in the power of connection and community and she channels her will to do good to do good for those around her in every way she can. The Gathering Place is about the power of relationships and the courage to slow down and get to know someone. 

The Gathering Place is named because it is just that: a welcome place for people to gather. A pillar of the community is exactly what The Gathering Place and Doris represent. Nestled in the heart of midtown, a vibrant walkable neighborhood, full of life, where you will be welcomed with open arms. 

When you walk into The Gathering Place on Gillham road, the first thing you may be struck by is the care with which the eclectic finds are curated. Doris, who has a background in staging houses, creates a space where people can feel at home. Ever-changing and evolving, The Gathering Place is here to serve Kansas City. Doris represents more than just a store with beautiful and thoughtfully arranged vintage pieces, but a place that aims to foster the needs of their community. It is a place to shop local, a place where Doris hope to give customers an experience. Perhaps that experience will be a memory, a long forgotten ashtray or ice bucket your grandparents owned. Or perhaps your experience will be Doris, who radiates a courageous kindness that can't quite be put into words. 

The Gathering Place on 3105 Gillham Road Kansas City Missouri, is open every Saturday and every First Friday weekend Thursday- Sunday. 816-787-1905

{This biography is a series of excerpts from The Gathering Place's full page article in Travel Host Kansas City magazine, Summer 2019 issue.}