Image courtesy of Designers Guild
For this latest blog entry, we decided to focus on one company in particular, whose amazing fashion-forward goods we carry in-store, as well as utilize in our various creative projects -- Designers Guild.
For years, having the taste and good fortune of being an exclusive regional "stockist" (as they call retailers in the UK), we have been enamored with not only their wonderfully-imaginative and extensive line of textiles and accessories, but also the way they go about crafting their products. What is their inspiration and process? To find these answers, it might be a good idea to start with creative genius/founder of the company, Tricia Guild.
Ever since Designers Guild began in 1970, Tricia Guild has intuitively put her own spin on things, often acquiring commodities from other cultures & countries, and then changing them or embellishing to get "just the right look". She is an open collaborator, working with artists (including famous textile artist Kaffe Fassett in the 1970's) to produce fabrics, and complimenting their styles with her own. It is often this "best of both worlds" approach and product achievement that interior designers and their clients gravitate towards.
For 2016, Designers Guild has unveiled 'Couture Rose', a spring & summer collection. Many of the ideas generated for this line came from trips Tricia would take to The Victoria and Albert Museum, which is known as "the world's leading museum of art and design". In the preview video (which you can watch here), she can be seen carrying a sketchbook, presumably for capturing those "lightbulb" moments or doodling a new design. She mentions "Post-War" fashion -- also called "the golden age of couture" -- which began in 1947 with design legend Christian Dior, as an historic source of inspiration. (And, if you are seeking that New-Vintage look, you are in luck, as many of the 2016 designs are printed on classic, natural linen.)
We love the materials Designers Guild has to offer because they really speak to us. Tricia Guild has a fearlessness of color (much like our own designers Fiona & Don) and affirms that they're "good for the soul". She is not solely committed to them, however, and rather tries to please everyone by dedicating 1/3 of the DG product line to neutrals. This, she explains, maintains a sense of balance and prevents an over-use of color and combinations that can be "garrish".
Well, "to each their own", we like to say, but certainly we don't mind taking a page out of Tricia Guild's book (sketchbook?) from time to time. We showcase Designers Guild in a unique bedroom-setting of our newly-expanded showroom so you can see just how gorgeous they are and would look in your own home-setting. Come experience these fabulous fabrics and textiles yourselves!