Hackwith Design House is the answer to all of my minimalist desires (well, not all but at least in great clothes we can conquer the world, right?!). Any clothing brand that makes clothes that can be worn and worn and worn over and over again, sticks mostly to neutral colors, clean lines and wonderfully pleasing aesthetics, guarantee that only a handful of people would have the exact design, and then go on to make a gorgeous lookbook, is definitely a “yes! brand” in my books. And Hackwith Design House ticks all the boxes and then some.
We believe that your favorite piece of clothing doesn’t have to be shared; it can be as unique as you are. Instead of designing for mass production, we immerse ourselves wholeheartedly in the process and create every piece with the intention of it becoming that special highlight of your closet. We create less than 25 of each piece, which makes all of them uniquely rare and special.
First, you might want to know that at the beginning of this idea, I was. Now that we have gotten my familiar spirit out of the way, allow me to tell you about this wonderful thing that is TwentySix.
It’s a story that started with ‘Desola who made a skirt for herself, a nice full ‘circle’ skirt; and then her buddies liked it and she said, why not share this with the world? And ta-da, TwentySix was born. What I like the most about the skirts is that they explore the concept of doing the most out of a little; so you get to see that you can dress a simple skirt up or down; have it with pockets or not.. or have it go down to your toes. The experimentation comes in the excellent fabric choices. ‘Desola picks vibrant hues and patterns that make statements all on their own..
The other day I was reading a post about a greenhouse picnic and couldn’t take my eyes off this dress…
… and was already agonizing about where to begin my search when I found that the blog author had linked to the designer. Thank Heavens! I excitedly clicked on the link and I’m not sure I was fully prepared for the gorgeousness I was faced with.
Meet sisters, Hilary and Trilby Nelson, the creatives behind the Nelson Project. Trilby Nelson is an uber talented fiber artist, whose work you’ve probably come across on the blogosphere. For the Nelson Project, she’s collaborating with her sister, Hilary, who is an amazing painter currently receiving her MFA from the University of Iowa. Don’t you just love a creative family?
At some point in my adult life, I started yearning for simplicity – my eyes started drifting towards clean lines and minimal silhouettes. I’m still a believer of mixing it up, but when I want to feel unencumbered and classy, the Jane Sews brand fits that box. Jane Sews is a South African brand that designs and makes ‘artisan clothing’ out of their Durban workshop. I love their colour palette: the creams, the monochromes, the browns and burgundies – muted and earthy and folksy and woman. Like magic.