Osei-Duro is renowned for their incredible prints hand-batiked in Ghana, so of course we were super stoked when they announced they were doing a capsule collection with lululemon lab. They designed two exclusive designs which are digitally printed on technical active wear for both guys and girls. With inspiration deeply rooted in the communities in which they work for their line, we had to get designers Molly Keogh and Maryanne Mathias to share what they were thinking about for the limited edition collaboration.
“When the lab approached us about a collab we were excited to explore where our aesthetics might overlap. At first glance they might seem quite different, but we found that our love of organic forms and attraction to meditative crafts processes marries well with the streamlined and experimental look of the lab’s work. We looked specifically at the contemplative art of women from the last century such as Ruth Asawa and Louise Bourgeois, as well as the abstract nature photography of our Vancouver friend Sean Lymworth. We love how quiet yet detailed all of these references are.”
Ilana Kohn has been gaining a cult following ever since her debut in 2012. The Brooklyn-based designer wasn’t always in fashion. She began her career as a successful illustrator for The New Yorker, the New York Times and Kiehl’s (among many others) for close to a decade. No big deal. But a life long love of fashion was always on her mind. Now her sketch pad makes way for full collections of relaxed silhouettes, fabric with the perfect drape and bold yet totally wearable prints and hues. We can’t get enough. Ilana chatted with us in the aftermath of fashion week and gave us a few hints about next season.