Cecilia Frittelli and Richard Lockwood have been involved with textiles for decades, married since 1984, full-time business partners since 1990 and parents of two adult children. We work in our studio/gallery space called Textile Studio, located at the north end of the Beekman Street Arts District at 143 Grand Ave on the historic west side of Saratoga Springs, New York.
Our contemporary clothing and accessory collection is handwoven on vintage Macomber multi-harness looms. The American-spun yarns we weave include silk, merino, alpaca, and chenille, with a special emphasis on eco-friendly fibers from bamboo, hemp, and soy. We strive to be a zero-waste studio by upcycling our leftovers into pieced and patchworked clothing. After the weaving process is completed, our retro-inspired textiles are steam-finished, cut and sewn into custom-tailored garments with exceptional fit and comfort.
Cecilia has been a weaver since childhood when her father helped her build a backstrap loom from popsicle sticks. Richard worked in New England textile mills as a teenager, never imagining a career in textiles. Later, intrigued by rebuilding Cecilia’s old looms, he began designing necktie fabric. The two started their business as a part-time endeavor in New York City while working their day jobs- Cecilia as a sample weaver, then textile designer for a wovens company and Richard as a high school English teacher.
Launched by several large specialty shop orders, they left New York in 1990 and set up their home and studio in the small hamlet of Crown Point in the Adirondack Mountains of northern NYS, establishing frittelli & LOCKWOOD textiles as a full-time artisan business. In the summer of 2009, after a couple years of renovation, they relocated their studio and set up a gallery in an historic 1850 building on the west side of Saratoga Springs, NY. Located at the north end of the Arts District, they named the shop Textile Studio and there visitors can browse their handwoven collection of apparel and accessories while watching weavers at the looms. Open to the public Wednesdays through Saturdays, they are also happy to open by appointment at other times.