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.
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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.
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
60's Top in beautiful Ikats
From its inception, Vermeulen has dreamed of designing its own fabric prints. To that end, yesterday Miss Kyra organized a trip for our FISF group to visit two very different printing houses. One prints digitally, the other is an old school screen printer. Both were inspiring.
We’re starting Vintage Vermeulen! This is a line of very limited edition garments and accessories made with dead stock vintage elements.
First off is a batch of sleeveless tops made in quantities of just 1-4. These gorgeous prints and textures will look great under your favorite cardigan or blazer. Pair them with slacks or belt them with a skirt.