This brand makes us want to be kids all over again. A collection of couture dress-up clothing that is fun, stylish and beautifully made. Meet Wovenplay founder and designer, Katherine Edmonds.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO CREATE WOVENPLAY?
I have spent my life collecting old, special things and handmade things especially textiles and clothing. When my son was little, I loved to find one-of-a-kind, well-made clothes for him at vintage shops and flea markets. It was during this time that I decided to create a modern collection of playful, handmade pieces that would inspire and intrigue.
WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND THE NAME?
I wanted the name to suggest the process of weaving textiles - woven - as well as the inherent playfulness in the collection, so I developed the word from the two ideas.
WE ARE OBSESSED WITH SO MANY PIECES FROM THE COLLECTION. IT MAKES US WANT TO BE KIDS AGAIN. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PIECE?
Odalys Tutu, Glow Stripe Tee and Rococo Tutu.
WHAT SHOULD OUR READERS KNOW ABOUT WOVENPLAY THAT MAKES IT SPECIAL?
Wovenplay uses hand processes in the development of its textiles and in all stages of production. The collections stimulate creativity, self- reliance and the appreciation of inherent beauty of traditional arts and crafts. Hand-illustrated original prints, custom-mixed paints and dyes and carefully sourced, handmade, custom developed trims are fundamental characteristics of each collection.
WHERE IS THE BRAND BASED?
We are based in a large, sunny warehouse on a quiet street near the river in Brooklyn, New York. We have a storefront with large, glass windows from which we sell limited edition pieces.
IF WE WERE VISITING YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, WHAT WOULD BE ON YOUR LIST FOR US TO SEE/DO/EAT/SHOP?
Brooklyn Flea. Eagle Roof Farm. East River Ferry. Williamsburg for food and shopping. Eat at Marlow & Sons and La Superior.
BEST BUSINESS ADVICE YOU RECEIVED?
Stay focused on the long-term vision and never compromise on the quality of the product.
WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE YOU STARTED WOVENPLAY?
After studying art history, I studied traditional French dressmaking at Maison Sapho in New York City. I fell in love with the process of draping fabric and designing with couture hand-work and techniques.
WHAT/WHO IS YOUR BIGGEST SOURCE OF INSPIRATION?
Art and Literature. I love the lines of Picasso, the colors of Gauguin and the wild flowers and intricate tailoring details of Henry Darger. I especially love the unexpected freedom of expression and untrained aspects of folk art.
FIVE THINGS YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT
Playing with my son William. Spending time outdoors in nature traveling to unknown places. Eating great food. And reading books and listening to music.
Three Kisses Chelsea, Rachel and Diana