I need a pair of these for spring! Inkkas are fair trade shoes handmade in Peru with a mission to repopulate forests globally. Here's a piece from their mission statement:
"It is Inkkas’ commitment to help repopulate the forests in the world. Our vision of fair trade is concrete and pragmatical, this is why we have decided to do this project - For every pair of shoes that we sell, we will plant a tree. It is as simple as that."
Would you rock these colorful and patternful cuties?
Mahogany, a film starring Diana Ross as an aspiring fashion designer (Tracy), was on TV the other night and although I've seen it so many times I just had to watch again. The styling in this film is so remarkable — all of the classic looks and even the over-the-top fabulous-ness of Tracy's fashion designs. I love camouflage (even way before the camo overkill trend that happened last year) and appreciated seeing another leading character, the menacing Anthony Perkins who plays a disturbed photographer rocking a look with that print.
This film is a fashion and style classic. I'm adding images from the movie to my inspiration board in the attempt to incorporate the essence of the beautiful styling into a future project.
Are you familiar with The MCB Project? It's a fabulous site highlighting works and people in art, culture and design, curated by Maya-Camille Broussard. As an extension of the site, she also created The MCB Shop where you can find art-inspired pieces for the home and wardrobe. I'm loving these patterned turbans.
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.