All American

Posted on December 11, 2015 by Bree Hylkema | 0 Comments

Black Magic Top


Here at Vermeulen, we love seeking out beautiful natural fibers.  We recently found a wool we couldn’t resist and wanted to share a few of its qualities.  Wool insulates the body, keeping the wearer warm in cool weather and cool in warm weather.  It naturally wicks moisture, it moves with the body and is extremely durable and long lasting.  It is both antimicrobial and fire resistant.  In a sense, it is a magical fabric.

Using the soft American milled wool knit we discovered, we’ve created the Black Magic Top.  Mixed with a Japanese ribbed wool blend neckband and ¾ length sleeves, the top is as versatile as the fabric.  It will be your go-to all winter, well into spring, and beyond.  Sewn in California as always.

Available in sizes XS - XL, you can order yours today here:

Locally yours,
Bree and Kyra

Bree and Kyra - The Vermeulen Team

Posted in Knit, Local Manufacturing, Shirt, Slow Fashion, USA-milled, Wear Clothing you Love, Wool

Coming Home

Posted on September 29, 2015 by Bree Hylkema | 0 Comments

Bree and Kyra of Vermeulen

Bree and Kyra of Vermeulen
Photo by La Clotherie


What a summer we've had!  It has been a season of adventure and enchantment.  We've built a 30ft tall fairytale boot, taught swing dancing in the forest, explored the romantically lush landscapes of Scotland and enjoyed time with dear friends.  
We are thoroughly thankful for the whole lot of it.
Amidst all of this excitement, we've also been busy working on fun new designs at Vermeulen & Co. and are ready to share them with all of you.  
The magic of the last few months has inspired our new Ethos of Alchemy collection.  The offerings include soft tops, a warm and unique coat, sensual dresses, an o-so-sharp vest and more.  
Come see for yourselves!  We're having an open house at our American Steel studio (1960 Mandela Parkway, Oakland, 94607) on Saturday October 17th from Noon-4pm.  
Come by and share stories of your summer while perusing our locally made goods.  Nibbles and drinks provided.
Looking forward to seeing you!
Bree and Kyra,
Vermeulen & Co.

P.S.  Can't make it on the 17th?  Swing by our studio on the First Tuesday in November and December, 4-7pm.  Text (510) 788-0560 and we'll collect you from the Poplar Gallery gate.

Posted in Bay Area, Local Manufacturing, Open Studio, Slow Fashion, Wear Clothing you Love

Fashion Film

Posted on August 26, 2015 by Miss Kyra | 0 Comments

Here at the Vermeulen & Co. workshop we enjoy creating sculptural, wearable, sophisticated forms with textiles.

Several months ago we had the pleasure of creating in a different medium. Teaming up with the sharp eye of filmmaker Claudia Escobar and the quick wit of Heather Smith we made a short fashion film starring the vibrant Imogen Spear. It couldn't have been more fun!

Please join us in toasting the launch of our film, "Message in a Bottle," where we celebrate the beautiful City by the Bay and several of our favorite Vermeulen & Co. pieces. (In fact, all of the pieces the heroine wears are Vermeulen!).

Yours in Celluloid and Silk,
Kyra and Bree


Posted in Bay Area, Claudia Escobar, Fashion Film, Local Manufacturing, San Francisco, Slow Fashion

Twice as Nice

Posted on April 14, 2015 by Bree Hylkema | 0 Comments

Dear Friends,

This week we’re releasing not one, but two garments, which just happen to go great together.  

To adorn the upper half we offer the Horizon Top.  The fabric is a red and black abstract pattern in 100% silk with black Tencel sides and a cotton stripe neck detail.  It is so utterly soft and elegant you’ll want to sleep in it.

On the bottom we have the High Tide Trousers.  They’re high waisted and highly covetable.  A tux stripe down the sides adds flair to these cropped britches.  Available in a black textured crepe which likes to travel and a show stopping inky stripe.

You can order these items today online.  Or, come try them on at our Open House on May 3rd.  1-5pm at 1960 Mandela Parkway, Oakland, CA 94607.

Wishing you well,
Bree and Kyra
High Tide Cropped Trousers

Posted in Classic Pants, Slow Fashion, Wear Clothing you Love

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

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