These images from the 2014 resort collection from House of Holland need to be added to my inspiration board. The color pops and the pattern scale are just beautiful. In my exploration of collage I've been playing with the concept of creating similar stylings with just found papers. Seeing this gives me more ideas.
See more of the collection here.
If you've been following Fly for some time then you know I am a big fan of barbershop signs from different parts of Africa. My Crowns of Color series were inspired by those beautifully hand-painted signs promoting different hairstyle ideas you can request at a barbershop or salon. So you can imagine how excited I was to see that the Okpo sisters of William Okpo incorporate a barbershop sign inspired print into their SS14 collection.
In collaboration with Opening Ceremony, the sisters designed a tee and tote for 14+ Foundation, which helps construct schools and orphanages throughout Africa. All proceeds from the capsule collection benefit the organization. (See more barbershop signs at Indigo Arts, one of my favorite stores in Philly.)
I love the idea of organizations partnering up with brands to produce product that can support their mission. I believe that design and creativity in general should function in this way.
If you could work with an organization to create something who would you partner with?
The Doux (pronounced "doo") is a product line for "smart chicks" with relaxer-free hair. The founder, Mya Smith, is also the mind behind The HoneyComb, a natural hair salon in Germany which I had the honor of creating artwork for a few years back. I recently stumbled across The Doux and was pleasantly surprised to see that master-stylist, Maya, had expanded her brand from salon to a range of hair-related products.
Being a design nerd I absolutely love the logo and packaging. The look is so fun and fresh. And I adore the little hair illustrations found throughout the brand identity. And you have to love the clever names inspired by classic hip-hop songs, like "Bonita Afro Balm" and "Rebirth of Slick."
Bold patterns, wonderful colors, and quirky designs make Strathcona a brand after my heart. These hand-printed socks would make for a fun pop of color in the fall underneath some jeans or cords.
I adore this vintage tropical inspired version.
Cosmic patterns have been something I've been really attracted to lately.
I never get enough of stylings that mix and match prints and patterns, like these from Stella Jean. What a beautiful collection of looks that go from tailored to totally laid-back and lounge-y with bold wax-print inspired designs.
The patterns and colors in this collection from Fox & Brie makes me want to wear pocket squares and bow-ties everyday! I would mix and match them based on palette. These designs are handmade from vintage and dead-stock materials. They are so incredibly fun, and I love that they are each limited editions.
Beautiful handmade accessories (and lovely sandals, not pictured here) from Sseko Designs. Along with creating fashionable designs, the socially-conscious brand provides employment and scholarship opportunities for their employees. Which in turn, empowers women and their communities to prosper.
I love what they're doing and feel that their mission is totally in line with where all business and enterprise need to go. When we consider the impact our products and services make beyond their basic function, we can change our world. Human-centered thinking and design is now and necessary.
Are you creating a brand that empowers, changes how people think, or challenges systems?
I LOVE hearing from former Fly Girls of the Week. Especially when they share their latest projects and creative endeavors. NOEMMI, the brainchild of former FGOTW Tenneal Rochelle McNair, is a clothing line inspired by her love for art, cultural studies and women's empowerment. I'm loving the patterns and edginess of the looks. Beautiful!
Looking forward to seeing more from the brand. Check out more here.
Over the weekend while I was in Philly, I was visiting one of my favorite boutiques, Vagabond, when I stumbled upon this lovely line of jewelry called 31 Bits. The beautiful and colorful necklaces and bracelets made of recycled paper are designed by women from Northern Uganda. I loved them so much I had to leave with a necklace of my own. Learn more about the designers or buy a piece of your own here.