Studios Upstairs, located at 4 Park Avenue in downtown Milford, has welcomed Rivertown Fabric Company to the collection of artists under the Angelucci Studios & Artists’ Gallery. Unaware herself of this opening just weeks ago, owner Chrissy Layton decided to take her home-based business public after talking with fellow residents and unofficial Milford campaigners SaraKate Hammer and Scott Angelucci.
“When I toured the Studios Upstairs with Scott I made the decision on the spot that I was going to open my business to the public,” commented Chrissy Layton. “It is such a beautiful place and this feels like what I should be doing.”
Layton creates fine handcrafted fabric arts including slipcovers, pillows and curtains for individual rooms or entire houses. Always enjoying interior design, her abilities to create custom spaces was first realized as a neighbor of Layton’s offered her a job after viewing fabric work Chrissy had completed for her own apartment. She began working at Dreamweaver Interiors in Lewes, learning the skills of sewing and interior design under the direction of Sue Brittingham. These experiences led to her understanding of sales and retail as she visited client’s homes, customizing an interior design for each individual.
Layton stepped away from work as she focused on her two children but continued her love of handcrafted fabric art at home, while pursuing a college degree in Math Education. As her children began school, Chrissy decided that now was the time to pursue her trade in a public fashion. On Friday, September 6, she moved her equipment into her new downtown studio and began fulfilling custom orders.
Rivertown Fabric Company is currently creating custom slipcovers, cushions, pillows and shades. As the business begins to grow Layton will be accepting clients looking for an interior designer to help build custom fabric designs for their home or business.
“I love interior design and anything that includes fabric in the home,” commented Layton. “I love using what people already have and creating unique, personalized items.”
Chrissy acknowledges that the Studios Upstairs was the catalyst for opening her own business and states that the surrounding artists have all been an inspiration to her. She hopes that their creativity will influence her work as the business evolves.
“I would not have started my own business without the Studios Upstairs,” commented Layton. “It has offered me a low risk opportunity to do something that is very fulfilling to me. Right now this is something I like to do and I hope that moving forward it can also be something that supports my family.”
The Studios Upstairs at 4 Park Avenue in downtown Milford is open Wednesday through Saturday 11am to 4pm and the Rivertown Fabric Company is available by appointment. For more information on the business, individuals can call 302-381-7370 or visit their Facebook page online.