Fall 18

“The way of Wabi Sabi honors the quirks, the oddities, the humble, the unconventional... It celebrates the perfectly imperfect uniqueness of you and me and everything.”

Out antiquing, she finds a tin decorated with branches, cloud-like swirls, and curves in blues. It reminds her of a trip to Japan she’d taken years ago. She was only there for 24 hours, but it left a lasting impression - and a reason to return. Soon after, her friend invites her to study ikebana at another woman’s house.

They slip off their shoes and spend the afternoon sipping salty cherry blossom tea, learning the simple proportions, and assembling and disassembling their work. There is something inspiring about making something so beautiful and then immediately taking it all apart. Something that normally would be so discouraging is turned into a deeply thoughtful exercise in building, dismantling, and enjoying the process more than the product. She walks away feeling like she has a new perception of beauty and form.

She picks up a book on Wabi Sabi on her trip to Palm Springs, reading it while basking in the sun, surrounded by mountains. She can’t stop turning the pages and she finishes it all in one sitting, something she rarely gets the chance to do. The book perfectly expresses her unspoken feelings on the beauty of her world. She has always had an affinity for imperfections, coveting cracks, rustic surfaces, and weathered colors and patterns. It reminds her of the beloved Leonard Cohen lyrics, “Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

The Fall collection is inspired by Wabi Sabi, the aesthetic philosophy centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. This worldview is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.”

The fabrics in this collection have a warm hand and are 100% cotton. They include a soft double gauze, cotton sateen, chambray, and yarn-dyed wovens inspired by Japanese kimonos. Block printing embodies the concept of Wabi Sabi, inspiring us to embrace the ‘mistakes’ that happen in a process centered on artisan hand-work; patterns depict cloud-like swirls and floral motifs inspired by the art of ikebana floral arranging.

Embroideries employ rustic techniques and feature imagery of leaves and tassel-like shapes inspired by ancient temples and bending trees. Sweaters are knit from the fleece of baby Alpaca in Peru, accented with heathered yarns, unusual knitting stitches, and fringed elements.