Hit the Road

Posted on April 07, 2015 by Bree Hylkema | 0 Comments

Porto Top in Red Silk Noil

Dear Friends,

As summer nears we dream of travels and adventures.  The days grow long and anything seems possible.  For some of us, that may be exploring a new city with friends, or relaxing by the sea with family.  Others may be flying to far away lands and sailing into distant Ports.  Wherever your summer takes you, our Porto Top is the perfect travel companion. 

This fitted number is rich with details.  It works well as a shirt and doubles as a lightweight jacket over a tank or t-shirt.  The mandarin collar curves around the neckline with delicate frayed edges which continue down the front.  These double stitched frays also go around the cuffs and across the back yoke.  It has a hidden front zipper and two snaps.  Each of the three colorways has a contrast waistband.  This top pairs particularly well with our Cascade skirt.

To try on the Porto Top in one of our 8 sizes, make an appointment anytime, or visit us at our Open House 1-5 pm on May 3rd in the American Steel Studios in West Oakland. (1960 Mandela Parkway, Oakland, CA 94607)

Bon Voyage,
Bree and Kyra

Vermeulen & Co.



Posted in Cotton Ikat, Hemp/Organic Cotton, Local Manufacturing, Silk, Slow Fashion

Stand Out in the Crowd!

Posted on March 17, 2015 by Miss Kyra | 0 Comments

Promenade Coat
Promenade Coat in cotton ikat
Photography: Becca Henry, Model: Anastasia Bachykala, Makeup: Vanessa Castro
Dear Friends,

Stand Out in the Crowd!


And you certainly will in the third piece from our Message in a Bottle collection: The Promenade Coat.  This stunning summer-weight coat is sewn in a beautifully graphic double ikat cotton.


We’re trying something new with this piece.  We’re crowd sourcing it.  That means if 5 (or more) people place an order for it, we’ll produce it.

Now why would we do this?  We put a tremendous effort into the development of each piece we bring you.  The resources we pour in are much greater for a complex item such as a coat.  At the end of the day, we make everything with you in mind.  Your lifestyle, your body, your needs.  Let us know what you think.  And even better, place an order for yours today.


Let’s work together on this endeavor!

-Kyra and Bree

Vermeulen & Co.


P.S. Please join us at our collection launch party in May:


Vermeulen & Co.
American Steel Studios
May 3
rd from 1-5pm.
1960 Mandela Parkway, Oakland, CA 94607


Promenade Coat

Posted in Cotton Ikat, Local Manufacturing, Oakland, Slow Fashion, Wear Clothing you Love

Ikat Your Eye

Posted on November 11, 2014 by Bree Hylkema | 0 Comments

60's Top in Black French Lace at the Posada El Castillo in the village of Xilitla, Mexico

Beautiful textiles really set my heart aflutter.  If I catch a glimpse out of the corner of my eye, I just have to turn to ogle.  I can't help it, it's an autonomic response.  Whether I spy an antique Suzani, an African Kuba cloth, a Mexican Rebozo or Chinese silk embroidery, I want to have a closer look and yes, if possible, touch it.
This love of textiles is at the very core of Vermeulen & Co.  If you've had the opportunity to handle our goods, you know how pattern, color character, weaving technique, hand, softness, drape, origin and quality, truly inform our fabric choices.
This fall, we've used three of our favorite cottons for a shirt we're calling the 60's Top.  True to that era, it has a relaxed and comfortable fit with a dash of sass.  It's perfect with all of the black corozo buttons done up, or worn open with a fitted top underneath.  It looks great with a slim fitting skirt or pants.  Personally, I've been wearing mine with a beaded statement necklace and our pencil pants.
60's top in Black French Lace at the Franz Meyer Museum in Mexico City
(photos of Bree by Sean Orlando)
Two of these 60's tops are made in an Ikat cotton, one black and white, one cream and grey.  Ikat is a dying technique in which the fibers are dyed before they are woven.  Weaving can be a slow process as adjustments are made to keep the clarity of the pattern.  We really love the natural look and embrace the small inconsistencies in the cloth.  It feels as if the weaver has left their unique fingerprint on the fabric.

The third fabric is a french cotton lace we absolutely fell in love with.  At first glance the solid black may seem simple, however the intricate workings of the weave are simply exquisite!  This colorway is a limited edition and not currently available on our website.  Come get a closer look at these beauties and more this Sunday the 16th at our Studio Warming, or by appointment at our Oakland studio.

Vermeulen & Co. Open House
American Steel Studios
1960 Mandela Parkway, Oakland 94607 (entrance on 20th St.)
Join us for light snacks, drinks, shopping, and fun.  1-5pm.

RSVP here

Hasta luego!
60's Top in beautiful Ikats
Zigzag Ikat 60's topBlack Ikat 60's top

Posted in 60's top, Cotton, Cotton Ikat, Cotton Lace, Fabric, Fabric Love, Ikat, Local Manufacturing, Mexico City, Open House, Shirt, Slow Fashion, Textiles, Trunk Show, Wovens


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