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!
-Bree
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

A modern classic: Vermeulen & Co.'s Pencil Pants

Posted on October 30, 2014 by Bree Hylkema | 0 Comments

There's a reason Vermeulen & Co.'s pencil pants have become a classic.  It's not just the ultra slimming design lines.  It's not only that you can wear them anywhere.  The front pocket details are simply a bonus.
 
It's that you can wear them all day as comfortably as your best loved pair of jeans while looking sharp.  That 5% stretch on the back and side panels highlight your curves in just the right way.
 
We don't just make these pants, we wear them too.  In fact, we wear them a lot.

Here they are enjoying the orchid collection at the Jardin Botanico in Mexico City.  These pencil pants have been out on the town all day.  In a few minutes I'm taking them out for a delicious meal with friends.
 
Consider taking your own pair to dinner!
 
Currently available in 3 color ways: http://bit.ly/VandCoPencilPants
 
Try on a pair at our open house on November 16th:
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
 

Posted in Bay Area Fashion, Classic Pants, Cotton, Hemp/Organic Cotton, Jeans Alternative, Local Manufacturing, Mexico City, Oakland, Oakland Fashion, Pants, Travel

Enjoy Fall with Vermeulen & Co.'s Friesian Jacket

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Miss Kyra | 0 Comments

Sundays in the Chapultapec Park, a gem of Mexico City, are jam packed with life and activity.  Families stroll the tree lined paths, lovers enjoy the panoramic views from the castle, friends paddle boat around the lake and the scent of churros fills the air.  Yum!

And while the autumn rains aren't the slightest deterrent to enjoying a day in the park, they do necessitate a bit of bundling up.

Here at Vermeulen & Co., we don't just make the beautiful boiled wool Friesian Jacket, we wear it too.  This week it's really been put to the test!  It has weathered cool temperatures and heavy showers as well as enjoyed museums, the ballet, eating out, grocery shopping and lounging around the apartamento.  When it's gotten warm, I've stuffed it in my satchel.
 

Here's the jacket in the sculpture gardens of the Museo de Arte Moderno in the Bosque de Chapultapec.
Here's the jacket in the sculpture gardens of the Museo de Arte Moderno
in the Bosque de Chapultapec.

I can honestly report that this jacket has been perfect every day.  Strangers have stopped me to compliment it... really.

The jacket is slimming by highlighting the curve of your back.  The two front pockets are perfect for museum tickets and other odds and ends.  It is lovely worn open or with the four horn buttons closed.  The boiled wool has a natural stretch allowing a full ease of movement.

At the Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo worn with the blue organic cotton swallow tail shirt.
At the Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo
worn with the blue organic cotton swallow tail shirt.

 


Where will you wear yours?!

Check out the Friesian Jacket in Boiled Wool here: http://bit.ly/FriesianJacket

-Bree

Posted in Bay Area Fashion, Boiled Wool, Fall 2014 Collection, Fall Jacket, Local Manufacturing, Mexico City, Travel, Warm Jacket

 

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