The Marconi Collection: Fall 2018

Posted by: Rebecca Atwood

Our fall collection is playful, painterly, and inspired by my trip to Japan last year. I dug through vintage textiles in Tokyo, forest bathed in Yamashiro Onsen, and meandered the streets and traditional shops in Kyoto. While some of the references are directly inspired by the textiles I found on the trip most are inspired by memories of my travels and simple mark making techniques. 

I had always wanted to go to Japan. I love the food—but also their tradition of textiles. My line originally began with a collection of hand-dyed fabrics based on the Japanese dyeing technique shibori. Shibori is a technique where the fabric is folded into a three-dimensional form and then dyed, resulting in an organic but geometric pattern. Suminagashi is another favorite technique that also originates in Japan. It means ‘floating ink’ and this process has been the start of our marble designs. Sashiko, an ancient embroidery technique for mending cloth, has also been a source of inspiration. From a design point of view, I always see a bit of playfulness but also this deep care and thoughtfulness for what is being created. With this collection, I wanted to emphasize the playfulness. I’ve really been feeling the desire for the lighthearted.

For our color palette, I wanted to create combinations that would help our customer mix existing designs. It’s definitely a play on what we’ve done before, but the multi-colored designs bring things together in a new way. For example, I love how our Crescent Dot in yellow/pink brings together our yellows and tangerines. Our Summer Stripe in peach/blue brings together our different blues and tangerine.

We also have a lot of green! This was heavily influenced by my trip to Japan. Forest bathing is the concept that spending time in nature is a form of therapy. It’s a concept I deeply relate to—and have always felt that about the ocean. We decided to spend two nights in a ryokan in Yamashiro Onsen to get our nature fix. There were so many beautiful shades of green and I especially loved how the Japanese Maple trees looked like a natural green lace when viewed from below.  I felt the impact of green throughout our trip though. In Tokyo, which felt very urban and gray, we went to the Nezu Museum on a rainy day and they had this lush forest garden that you could walk through (umbrellas provided). In Kyoto, we went to the Bamboo Forest. It was more touristy than I had been expecting, but you still got this visceral green experience. 

See our full collection below or in our New Arrivals

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