Combining contemporary modernity with fluid shapes and fabrics inspired by nature, sister duo Rebecca and Leah Plante are designing for our urbanite dreams. Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina – and now based in Austin and Brooklyn respectively – the Plante sisters launched their namesake line in 2013 and had us at hello. Whether it’s a swath of sage green silk, a sculptural silhouette or an oceanic inspired print, fusing the raw beauty of nature with urban style is their constant source of inspiration. With a new season just around the corner (and their artful wares in our Brooklyn Babes Sale), we couldn’t wait to hear about the process of designing Spring 2016, their take on personal style and the beauty of email.
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"Each season we like to focus on a different element of nature — whatever we’ve encountered in our day-to-day lives that sort of sticks in our head."
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER? As sisters, our working relationship came very easy. After all, we’ve been making stuff together for 20+ years! We’ve come a long way from paper dolls, but we still have the same sort of casual, playful approach to working together. We can be totally honest without ever hurting each other’s feelings, and we pretty much agree on everything anyway.
HOW DO YOU GET INSPIRED EACH SEASON? Each season we like to focus on a different element of nature — whatever we’ve encountered in our day-to-day lives that sort of sticks in our head. Here’s an example: a couple years ago, our dad, who’s a marine biologist, started collecting algae specimens from the coast of Charleston. He would press them into paper to create beautiful pieces of preserved artwork. We scored a couple pieces ourselves, and even tried our hand at making some. The next spring, we couldn’t stop thinking about those delicate, fascinating silhouettes, so we developed a print using scientific illustrations of seaweed.
BEING IN TWO DIFFERENT CITIES, WHAT’S YOUR PROCESS LIKE? Lots of email! We text, phone, and email every day to check in. Leah lives in New York, so she works closely with our factory to develop new styles. Becky lives in Austin, where she works on marketing and e-commerce. We also meet up several times a year for big events, like market week or our biannual photo shoots. So far we’ve done shoots in New York, Charleston, Austin and San Francisco.
FAVORITE PLACE IN THE WORLD TO BE FOR NATURE? AND FOR THE CITY? Becky: Nature – Texas highways during wildflower season. City – Downtown Charleston. Leah: Nature – The Florida Keys. City – Charleston, SC. We grew up in Charleston, but we’re not biased. It’s legitimately the best.
WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU ON YOUR DAYS OFF? Becky: Driving around trying to score Craigslist deals on mid-century furniture. Leah: I moved to Brooklyn last fall, so I’m usually exploring my new neighborhood.
THE BRAND: PLANTE
- Top 3 selling styles: Marina Tee, Lab Dress and Fern Pants.
- Something your brand is known for: Botanical prints.
- What’s playing on the speakers in your studio: Grimes.
- Something you’re constantly re-stocking: Silk crepe de chine, in many colors!
- Your brand in 3 words: Easy, lovely and fresh.
THE DESIGNERS: LEAH AND REBECCA PLANTE
- Your go-to outfit: We both wear a lot of high waisted, flowy skirts with leotards or loose tee shirts.
- One thing you can’t live without: Becky: Soy candles. Leah: Diet Coke.
- Favorite designer: Chloé under Phoebe Philo.
- Something you always carry with you: Becky: Micron pens. Leah: Burt’s Bees Chapstick.
- Style icon: Clemence Poesy, Jane Birkin and Jess from New Girl.