Designing our First Collection -- Indigo & Coral
Matt & I have always loved textiles and design, and as we've been growing our little business we've been on the look-out for ways to bring more of our aesthetic to what we offer.
So we are now creating collections of totes, bags, and notebooks twice a year that take inspiration from what we like, where we live, and what's trending out there in the world.
Then, we add in small batches of hand dyed yarn that coordinates, too. Just for fun. Why not knit or crochet a beautiful sweater with luxury yarn, and then coordinate your look with a tote or pouch? Of course, you can use the bags to hold your projects, too. But they'll easily transition to going out on the town.
We've called our first collection Indigo & Coral, and it was inspired by our hometown in the Pacific Northwest. Rain and stormy skies, of course -- but also lovely sunsets framed by mountains and water. So we have smokey grays and blues, dark indigo, and bright pops of coral. We drew yarn balls, hand-painted raindrops, painted clouds, made some stamps reminiscent of African mud cloth, and mixed it all up with the magic of digital tools.
Since the color coral is a big deal right now (Pantone named "Living Coral" the color of 2019) we thought riffing on it in our own style was a good choice. And we engaged a local yarn dyer to make some exclusive colors for us (see all the yarn dyed to coordinate with our collection).
The fabric for the totes and pouches is printed with our designs, and then sewn to order by a shop with locations in both New York and Montreal. They also print the covers and papers for the journals and bind and glue them together for us as orders are made, too. We are thrilled with the quality.
We love that we can have these original items ethically produced by people getting paid fair wages and in nice working conditions. As we slowly grow, we are doing our very best to create things in ways we feel good about. For us, for our families and friends, and for our planet.
We're having fun sharing what we like with you, and hope you like it, too.
Let us know your thoughts in the comments.