Lindsay Degen is the creative force behind DEGEN, a craft company seamlessly blending art and fashion. After graduating with a degree in Fiber Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she ventured into the fashion industry, fueled by a desire to break away from the conventional and infuse her unique aesthetic into the craft. Lindsay embarked on a mission to redefine the landscape of hand-knitting in fashion, but her meticulously crafted pieces faced challenges in a world that prioritized speed over substance.
The advent of Instagram brought a transformative moment for Lindsay, revealing a vibrant community of knitters hungry for something beyond the stodginess of tradition. Recognizing the untapped potential for genuine connection, she founded DEGEN, not only as a provider of exclusive, handcrafted apparel but also as a platform to nurture a sense of community through knitting education. Rooted in her academic background and influenced by her scientist parents, Lindsay incorporates a mix of theoretical rigor and artistic expression into her designs, constantly pushing the boundaries and questioning possibilities with a resounding "What if?"
DEGEN, under Lindsay's visionary leadership, is a haven for those seeking a unique fusion of artistic expression and community connection. Studying fiber arts at RISD laid the foundation for her journey, shaping DEGEN into a vibrant space where creativity flourishes and the artistry of knitting takes center stage. Lindsay's quirky, plucky, and passionate approach to craft invites individuals to embrace the beauty of handmade creations, forging a colorful and inclusive community for creative souls to gather and grow.
In 2022 DEGEN started an online knitting community called KNIT.club to inspire, teach, and create community with like-minded makers.