A Message in a Bottle coming your way starting March 3rd!

Posted on February 18, 2015 by Miss Kyra | 0 Comments

We're just bursting with anticipation about the upcoming launch of our Message in a Bottle collection, full of mystery and discovery. Here's a peek behind the scenes of the photo shoot. Keep an eye out for the weekly releases of new designs beginning March 3rd!

Sneak Peek at the Message in a Bottle Horizon Dress
Model: Anastasia Bachykala   Photographer in action: Becca Henry
Vermeulen produces in small quantities and offers both immediate sales and made-to-order garments, making each style a unique and special addition to your wardrobe.

We offer free shipping on all orders (and return shipping if needed).  To celebrate with us and try the garments on in person, join us in studio for the May launch party:

Sunday May 3rd, 1-5pm
American Steel Studios
1960 Mandela Pkwy.
Oakland, CA 94607

Behind the scenes: 
We photographed the collection in the historic Berkeley City Club, designed by local girl Julia Morgan.  She was the first woman admitted to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris where she received her Master's Degree in Architecture, and the first licensed woman architect in California. What a hero!
The Berkeley City Club was entirely financed by Berkeley women and was originally a women's only clubhouse.  She designed every fixture and decoration in the building, including the china!  At Vermeulen & Co., we appreciate her sharp attention to detail.
-Bree and Kyra

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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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