Graduating with a degree in International Studies and Political Science from the University of Washington, Deborah Roberts became interested in fashion as a way to explore our visual history.


She attended the School of Apparel Design & Development at Seattle Central and worked in the industry in design and textile development before launching the SILVAE line in 2013.


Meaning “of the woods,” SILVAE is inspired by her surroundings in the Pacific Northwest, merging clean lines, textural fabrics and a love for fine art, which can be seen in her fabric prints developed with artist Olivia Knapp.


The collections are produced domestically in the United States, and SILVAE recently partnered with FARIS Jewelry, to open RIZOM, a designer-owned retail community in Seattle featuring women’s clothing and accessories, art, and printed matter.



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