The store's name was inspired by the colloquial language of designer/business owner, Marion Lake's native Guyana. It is a testimony & exaltation of the creativity & resourcefulness of art/work crafted by hand. "Tools are made, but born are hands" Working with her own hands — particularly as a seamstress — is a gift and talent that Lake learned from her own mother & a skill that she honed when she came to the U.S. as a teenager and studied at FIT, earning a degree in Textile Design.
The store Dem Two Hands will celebrate 30 years September 2020. Marion's mission has always been for, "women to feel comfortable in their skin, regardless of their size, shape, or age." To achieve that goal the store readily offers expert alterations at no extra charge — a rarity in today's off the rack world and a policy that makes choosing clothing here more a creative collaboration than a purchase.