Back in Black

Posted on April 21, 2015 by Bree Hylkema | 0 Comments

60's Top in Black Cotton Lace
60's Top in French black cotton lace
Photography: Becca Henry, Model: Anastasia Bachykala, Makeup: Vanessa Castro

Dear Friends,

Remember when fashion was full of rules, like no white after Labor Day, or sparkle is only for evening?  Well, we’re all about breaking the rules this week.  Despite shops full of pastels and floral prints, I'm in the mood to wear black right now.  However, finding those special black pieces that really elevate an outfit can be a challenge.

Well, look no further: this week’s release, the 60’s top, is far from dull in an absolutely alluring French Cotton Lace.  While it’s called a lace, it’s like none we had ever seen before.  The perfect balance of sturdy and delicate, geometric and organic, this fabric is a stunner.

The comfortable cut looks perfect with a fitted trouser or skirt and doubles as a lightweight jacket.  And if you are feeling in the mood for florals, the 60’s top would love to accompany that Bird of Paradise pencil skirt you just got.  Don’t take our word for it.  Come see for yourself on May 3rd at our Open Studio.

Stay tuned for next week’s final release of the season.  We’ve saved something special for last.

Happy Earth Day,
Bree and Kyra

Posted in 60's top, Cotton, Cotton Lace, Local Manufacturing, 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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