We asked a few of our favorite designer friends to share their mood boards for Fall. This week, the sister duo behind Micaela Greg shares their inspiration for the season.
“The theme is called ‘Flourish’. This theme is very natural and earthy with a rustic feeling. It embraces a mood, a way of living, a call back to nature. There is a concentration on elements in nature and the way they relate to each other. The contrast between hard and soft, light and dark and study of luminance.”
A couple of blocks away from Café Grumpy (made infamous on GIRLS) in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Lily Piyathaisere cooks up her designs for the handcrafted line of statement jewelry and accessories called Gamma Folk. And we mean this literally. Scattered around her studio are various pots holding her natural dye concoctions, jars of minerals and bolts of hand-dyed yarn waiting for a turn on the loom. Originally a graphic designer by trade, Lily noticed a real lack of unique, fiber-based jewelry for the modern girl on the market. In 2012 she founded Gamma Folk. “Gamma” for the brainwave frequency where we learn, process information and associated with bursts of insight. “Folk” as a reference to folk art, which is a major inspiration for her work. Lily makes every piece by hand with natural dyes, making every single piece special and no two ever come out the exact same. We had the chance to visit her studio on our last trip to New York and she gave us the tour.
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Carol Miltimore, founder and head designer of Seek Collective, is a vet in the fashion game. Having spent some time working for major brands like Calvin Klein Jeans, Michael Kors, Converse and Armani Exchange, she felt like the fashion industry and its customers were more disconnected than two teens trying to figure out a long distance relationship. So a few years ago she split and started her own brand, Seek Collective. Seek produces its clothing the way green parents obsessively raise their children, making sure that every product that goes into them is as natural and fairly produced as possible. Promoting transparency is at the heart of Seek’s process as all of their garments are handmade and hand-printed, using natural dyes and organic materials. Carol took a short break from bettering the world to answer some of our questions.
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YOUR PROCESS IS SO TRANSPARENT. IT’S SUPER INSPIRING! WHY IS SUSTAINABILITY AND EMPOWERMENT IMPORTANT TO YOU AS A DESIGNER? Thank you! The process of how things get made inspires me and affects the designs and outcome so I really want it to be interesting to customers as well. Sustainability and empowerment matter to me a great deal as a designer, as a business owner, as well as a person sharing this planet with so many. After working as a designer for a decade in different companies and experiencing a detachment between designer, producer, and customer, I knew I wanted to have a business that explores the potential of creating clothing in a way that will empower instead of exploit, inform customers how and where their items are being consciously made, as well as be contemporary, relevant, and unique in terms of aesthetic.