For the past couple years Portland's been churning out bitchin' accessories (bags galore) and even a bumper crop of exciting lingerie designers, but the wave of new names in straight-up apparel design has appeared to slightly ebb, with a few notable exceptions. One such is Crazy Wind, which released its first small collection of pieces in Japanese kasuri last month. Produced by the Portland Garment Factory, it sailed right into local stores like Frances May and Table of Contents.
Kasuri is a Japanese ikat technique of dyeing and weaving to create blurry, abstract patterns. Traditionally, the dye process looks like this:
Designed by Chiyo Takahashi with support of her mother Hatsuyo Takahashi, they source this material directly from Japan and have turned it into a carefree batch of lightweight pieces perfect for romping around in all summer. A couple faves:
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