For today’s Throwback Thursday, we’re taking a look at shirt collars. There are so many different types of collars. There are shawl collars, sailor collars, mandarin, wing, peter pan… the list goes on. But there is nothing more necessary to everyone’s life than a classic shirt collar (pictured below). The collar is differentiated from other neckline forms like lapels and revers because it is made from a separate piece of fabric then attached rather than being an extension of the fabric that is folded or cut.Read More →

It’s Throwback Thursday! Which means we’re taking a look back at an era we love and the prints that made the time. The 1960s saw the rise in television and media. New technologies made it possible for media images of the US Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War to be transmitted worldwide within hours, leading to greater political awareness. Active TV and media coverage provided the younger generation with a new way to look at celebrities creating a bigger buzz for people like Twiggy, Cathy McGowen, and The Beatles. Prints always reflect the zeitgeist of the time (the spirit of the time) and in theRead More →

Print inspiration can come from many different things- perhaps a pattern in nature, the architecture of a sky-scraper, a vintage scarf, or even your own take on a vintage print from Pinterest. Our print designer hand-drew this picture, using some of the details inspired by a vintage print she found online. It uses some of the same lines and shapes, but she also creates her own lines/shapes to make it her own and add pizzazz. The revival of vintage trends is nothing new in fashion, as trends are hardly ever new, just a reincarnation of something from the past. Of course, the design needs toRead More →

In today’s world, many people are striving to be more eco-friendly, or green, and fashion is no different. Many fashion brands may try to label themselves as green, but we wanted to show you five brands that aren’t just trying, but making real strides in the name of eco-friendly fashion. None of these brands simply make tee shirts or sweatshirts, they are full-service fashion labels that are committed to sustainability. Svilu is a women’s fashion label committed to reducing waste and being as environmentally-friendly as possible. They use 100% organic cotton and a textile called tencel, which is made from the pulp of a EucalyptusRead More →

In a previous blog post, we discussed how designers become inspired to create. Fashion is often about borrowing inspiration from others and making it your own. Inspiration can come from nature, cultural factors, and sometimes other already manufactured pieces! Designers often gather inspiration from other designs (without this, there would be no trends). It isn’t about copying another designer, but taking something different and breathing new life into it, or putting your own spin on it. This Before and After blog post is dedicated to an athletic wear collection, and how it came to be. A designer may see one piece from another collection andRead More →

There was a surprise trend that popped up on the fall ’14 runways and has everybody talking, the use of favorite cartoon characters and re-tooling of famous brands and logos that brought life and a few laughs to the fall shows. The Cartoon Effect is credited as bringing life and color back into the fall season. By now, everybody has seen Jeremy Scott’s Moschino controversial debut, including Spongebob Squarepants and McDonald’s retooled logo. And for those of us not bold enough to embrace a Spongebob Spquarepants dress, there are shoes and purses available. Jeremy Scott was not the only designer to use such surprising iconography,Read More →

As designers we are often asked where our inspiration comes from.  The answer is undeniably- Everywhere!  There are no rules when it comes to inspiration. This new blog series is to highlight not only our inspiration, but also where it takes us.  Entitled Before & After, we’ll explore where our vision takes us.  From the mundane to the hyper visual, from natural elements to man-made creations, everything in this world can inspire. Now you’ll get a sneak peek at how. With found objects, its not about what you have but what you can create from it.We found this beautiful silk scarf a few years agoRead More →