And just as we're gearing up for fall, it's time to start thinking about the spring.
While the industry and the retail cycle are fast-moving, the slow fashion movement has slowly but surely taken over, just as the slow food movement did several years ago.
The fun part about this is seeing where the two worlds intersect – something I've been thinking about a lot now that we're in North Carolina and surrounded by farms and markets. Not that the farmers' markets in New York and London weren't great – they were and are – but there's something that feels almost more authentic about the markets and food communities in North Carolina. They're a little bit closer to nature and a little more within reach.
All of this in mind, I've been thinking about the way the craft and focus that goes into the slow food movement is similar to the slow fashion movement. It's intentional, connected with nature, and connected with community.
The designer of Botanica Workshop, Misa Miyagawa, certainly gets it. Her Spring/Summer 2016 collection was driven by the slow food movement in process and in color – araucana eggs, spring fennel, and turmeric inspired the palette used in her collection. And further, the the design of each piece in the collection, titled "Light Touch, Clean Taste", was approached like a recipe, and by taking raw materials and transforming them into new objects.
The collection will soon be available online, but in the meantime my New York gals can preview the collection at Market 194 in New York (17-19 September) and L.A. types can plan a studio visit at Atwarer Crossing (7-20 October).