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In Le Tour de France, cyclists receive points for reaching a mountaintop first. The leader of the classification is named the “King of the Mountains”, and wears the  “maillot à pois rouges”, the polka dot jersey – a white jersey with red dots.

Polka dots are both serious and playful when identified with cycling. Denver’s Marczyk Fine Foods’ proximity to the mountains and their clean “M” logo inspired me to design a “polka dot” jersey for their 2014 jersey design. Image above is my inspiration board and the finished jersey is pictured below. Available at Marczyk Fine Foods.

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When I first saw the logo for Denver’s Marczyk Fine Wines - a black and white 1950′s photo of a woman guzzling wine from the bottle, I thought, “Wow! That image would be great on a cycling jersey!” I imagined the woman picnicking by the side of the road with her baguette and cheese, cheering “allez! allez!” to Tour de France riders as they whizzed by.

One thing led to another and I ended up designing two limited edition cycling jerseys for Marczyk’s; the “Drinking Lady” being the first off the sewing line, just in time for the USA Pro Challenge where racers will ride laps around Marczyk’s this Sunday, August 25.

It turns out that the woman in the picture is the mother of the wine shop’s owner, Barbara, who describes the origin of the photo, “When we were little, I was not yet a year old, my father decided it would be cool/fun/crazy to live in Italy. So he and mama packed up three little kids and took an ocean liner, the Christopher Columbus, to Italy and found a place to live in Rome. From there they would travel out to the countryside and bring a picnic.”

“So when we were opening the wine shop, we had already made many of their pictures of life in Italy part of our brand. Our logo designer asked to see the book of photos again, and there it was, the perfect image! I think my mother would be pleased to be part of our world.”

OK, so Barbara’s mother was whooping it up at the Giro instead!

The jersey shown here is a woman’s fit. The men’s version has the same graphics and colors. White side panels read “The Best Wines You’ve Never Heard Of” and the back has the same photo image as the front. To enquire about the jerseys or to place an order email barbara@marczyk.com.

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In my last blog post I shared design inspiration and storyboards for my Chalet Collection knit pillow project. (see them here) After a year in the works the pillows have come to life! They were a resounding success at their debut at the Chandler 4 Corners showroom at the AmericasMart Gift, Rug, and Home Shows in Atlanta last week.

The pillows are knit of the softest wool (like your favorite old ski sweater but not itchy) and backed with cotton velveteen. Some are also hand-embroidered. The pillow inserts are filled with down. A Norwegian style pewter button is sewn to each corner for a distinctive touch. (Do you think the button adds to or detracts from the overall effect?)

Evoking winter’s romance with their traditional alpine motifs, the pillows will start being shipped in November – just in time for the first snowfall! For information about ordering pillows contact Chandler 4 Corners. Or stop by the Chandler 4 Corners booth at the New York International Gift Show next month.

There are twenty-one Chalet Collection pillows. These are some of my faves. Which do you like?

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I’ve been working on an exciting and hush-hush design project for the last year and I’m now finally able to reveal it!  When the owner of Chandler 4 Corners (who has known me since Mountain Ladies & Ewe days) decided to add a knit pillow collection to his already wildly successful hand-hooked wool pillow business, we got to talking. Although I don’t know much about the home furnishings business, I do know a thing or two about knitting and how to get things made, so our collaboration was a no-brainer.

Chandler 4 Corners’ pillows designed by Laura Megroz are well known for their folk artsy motifs of bears and moose and Labrador retrievers. My knit designs would need to complement Laura’s, yet not duplicate her themes.

The first step in the process was to craft the story and to define the collection’s themes and look. Designing pillows both nostalgic and fresh would be paramount to its success. My creative juices really started flowing during a hut-to-hut ski trip in the Alps.

It was then that I decided to focus on alpine-inspired designs influenced by the traditional motifs and colors of vintage ski sweaters, and to incorporate patterns true to mountain traditions into the pillows. It would be a coup if they were equally at home in a hand-hewn chalet AND a light-filled Scandinavian-modern mountain retreat.

I usually start my design process with storyboards – images and colors that spark my creativity and give credibility to my ideas. Storyboards are a good tool for allowing clients to get a visual look at what’s inside my head. The storyboards below are from my first presentation to Chandler 4 Corners and give you a peak at the design process.

 

The Chalet Collection was introduced last week at AmericasMart Gift, Rug, and Home Show in Atlanta. Next stop: the New York International Gift Show August 17-21. Look for future blog posts highlighting The Chalet Collection. In the meantime you may follow Poppy Gall Design Studio on facebook by clicking here.

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As the 100th edition of Le Tour de France  rolls through the French countryside this month I’m paying close attention to what’s on the rider’s feet. (Product research, you know…) I thought I’d share with you a few of the men’s ultra-light cycling socks designed by Poppy Gall Design Studio for Darn Tough.

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It’s always fun for me to see product that I’ve designed come to market. It usually takes over a year from when the product is conceived to when the consumer is able to purchase it. Often I’ve forgotten completely about the work I’ve done until I see it when I walk into a shop or flip through a catalog, as I did with the recent Sundance Catalog which showcases some of my knit designs. These mitten and hats are hand knit, crocheted and embroidered by Nepali women in the Kathmandu valley.

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Whew! Where did my summer and fall go? Into my design work, mountain adventures and gardening, and away from indoor activities (ie: blogging and housecleaning).

Right at the time that I dropped out of the blogosphere this summer a very nice interview about bloggers in the textile/fashion world was published by Textile Insight magazine. I was one of four interviewed by Suzanne Blecher for the ‘Trendsetter’ section of the May/June 2012 issue. Here is what she wrote:

Bloggers Thrive in Every Inch of the Fashion World

We’ve Identified some of the most intriguing to follow on their wondrous journeys through outdoor, eco and high tech textile territory.

Blog: Poppy Gall Design Studio

Blogger: Poppy Gall / Stowe, Vermont

Description: Co-founder of women’s apparel brand ISIS and now owner of namesake shop specializing in outdoor apparel and knitwear design, Gall compiles and “eclectic mix of design and color-related topics” for primarily a west coast-based readership of women ages 30-35. Besides her own designs, Gall shares color palettes, knitting content and ties vintage and current fashion to the outdoor, snow sports and cycling markets.

Trend Pieces: For skiing pursuits, Gall prefers and ISIS 3-layer waterproof/breathable shell jacket, Patagonia softshell pants, Ibex wool base layers, an “ancient” ISIS powerstretch turtleneck that “looks almost as good as new” and Darn Tough wool socks. For fall, Gall predicts that colors will be “brighter and more optimistic” than in recent past seasons and is excited to see hand knit sweaters and accessories making a comeback.

Dream Garment: Something “aesthetically pleasing” as well as super functional – fabric and feature-wise – for active use. In my dream world price and margin consideration would be of no importance!”

Favorite Blogs: Department of Textilesmithing, The Vintage Traveler, The Satorialist and garment manufacturing blog Fashion Incubator.

To see all interviews click here.

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Outside magazine recently compiled an authoritative list of the most important outdoor inventions ever. It’s a list of 100 of the innovations and products that have made it possible for those of us who love to live and play outdoors have much more enjoyable experiences while doing so.

I am honored that my efforts at ISIS as co-founder and designer of the first all-women’s outdoor apparel brand have been recognized on this list.

It’s very humbling to be in the company of such greats as the invention of the carabiner, nylon fabric, the Vibram sole and Campagnolo bicycle components.

The Niobe down jacket featured in the article was the very first piece I designed for the first ISIS collection. To read what Outside has to say about  ISIS click here.

The list is a fascinating and well thought out compilation and a fun read . Click here to see the list of all 100 featured items.

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I am flattered to be included in an article  in the most recent issue of MPD Vision devoted to Autumn 13/Winter 14 trends. The feature, titled “Exploring The Extremes” by Amy Trayford, discusses one of fashion’s hottest influences – extreme sports and the great outdoors. It’s safe to say that none of the runway styles cited in the spread have any resemblance to anything one might remotely wear for extreme outdoor endeavors. They’re pure fun and fashion fantasy. As an outdoor industry insider I’ve witnessed a continuous loop over the years;  designers for outdoor brands look to runway fashion for inspiration, and designers for fashion and luxury brands are drawing ideas from us! Each camp’s interpretations yield interesting and diverse results.

MPD Vision is assembled by one of the world’s leading trend forecasting companies, Mudpie. They have been kind enough to allow me to clip the article and share it here. It includes a nice blip about ISIS and a super short interview with me. Enjoy it and let me know your thoughts on this emerging trend!

 

 

photos and text via: MDP Vision

 

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There’s still time this ski season to perk up your sock wardrobe with these cheerful ski socks created by Poppy Gall Design Studio for Vermont-made Darn Tough Socks. Made of 67% merino wool for warmth and comfort, 33% nylon for strength and 3% Lycra for stretch and recovery these socks will keep your feet warm and comfy. Plus, they are guaranteed for life. That means if you wear them out, Darn Tough will replace them, no questions asked!

 

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I was checking out Terry Bicycles (purveyors of all things bicycle for women) website this week and was happy to see their new Poppy Gall designed Cyclo Bra and Cyclo Brief on the site. Being a cyclist, this was a particularly fun project for me to work on because I could draw on first hand experience.

Terry’s mission was to reinvent the sport bra for cycling. I was given very specific design parameters for both styles. For the Cyclo Bra, strap construction and location, body-mapped wicking areas, smooth chafe free seams, and moderate support were essential design features for comfort and riding performance. Many women ride with their jerseys almost fully unzipped when it’s hot so the bra couldn’t be too revealing, and since bees in the cleavage aren’t much fun, the neckline had to be higher than most bras.

The Cyclo Brief was designed to meet the needs of the woman who isn’t into wearing Lycra shorts, but wants the comfort of a padded liner beneath looser fitting bottoms. Seam placement and inseam length for optimal comfort, and placement of wicking fabrics are integral to the design.

I can’t wait to give them a spin! Please let me know what you think if you try them out. And as Terry founder Georgiana Terry always signs off – “tailwinds”!

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If you’re an outdoor enthusiast you already know that even a 2-degree drop in body temperature could result in early stage hypothermia. Symptoms include slower heart rate, mental confusion, and lack of coordination. It also means adults find it hard to work and children find it difficult to learn.

As an outerwear designer I have a large assortment of winter coats and jackets. Some are samples, some are for testing and others are from production. I can’t possibly wear them all and I have a certain amount of guilt whenever I open my overstuffed mudroom closets. So donating my “old” coats to winter coat drives has always made me feel a bit better about sporting the latest and greatest.

Did you know that 15% of Americans, those living in poverty, are forced to consider a warm winter coat a budget “extra?”

Here are some startling facts about those who need a warm coat this year:

  • the 1 in 5 children who live in poverty in the U.S.
  • the 31% of U.S. children who live in families where no parent has a full-time job
  • the estimated 671,850 Americans who are homeless on any given winter night

‘One Warm Coat’ was founded with one goal in mind. To collect coats to give to those who need them, free of charge.

If you buy a new coat this winter consider donating your old one. Visit One Warm Coat to find a coat drive near you. There are 17 coat drives listed within a 150 mile radius of where I live.

Your donation will warm needy children, women and men. And your heart as well.

Via: Wild Things Gear

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We have a winner! Kathleen from the Fashion Incubator blog (check it out!) won my 2nd Anniversary Thank You & Give-Away. A pair of hand knit mittens from Lost Horizons is on the way to her. The mittens, designed by me, are hand knit in Nepal in a woman’s co-operative and can be found at many natural food co-ops around the country (unfortunately the company doesn’t have a website).

Kathleen writes, “I would like to see more of the design process. The real life side of it that laymen don’t understand or know exists. In sum, the boring paperwork, project management of execution. This would be invaluable to any aspiring designer.”

I received similar comments from other readers. I will do more of this. I’ll just need to think ahead, keep my inspiration boards and take photos as projects progress.

I start working on a design project sometimes up to 18 months before the collection arrives in stores. That’s how long it takes to design, make prototypes (usually 2 rounds), to weave and dye the fabrics or yarns, make salesman samples, take orders from retailers at trade shows, make and ship the item from the factory and then send it on to the retail store – whew!

Alas, I’m not able to show product that isn’t in the market yet. I’ve almost forgotten about the stuff I’ve designed by the time it hits the store floor.

Another of Kathleen’s comments: “By all means, be more commercial. By that I mean, flog the products from your job. Let us know about them.” As soon as I am able, I promise I will post more of my work with links to where you can find it here and on my facebook page.

Thank you everyone for all of your thoughtful comments and for your subscriptions. I really enjoy hearing your thoughts and ideas and you’ve introduced me to all sorts of new things – you keep me going!

This is my concept sketch for the mittens Kathleen won. Sometimes I like to get away from my computer and sketch by hand as I’ve done here. My drawing skills have become sloppy because I use a computer all the time, so spending some time hand sketching keeps me limber.

 

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Shades of browns and greys dominate the landscape around my part of the world this time of year. In the spirit of embracing these tones (as I have no upcoming plans to escape from them) I’ve  composed some color palettes and then worked the colors back into my print designs. This is actually one way I color up prints for clients. I like mixing warm and cool shades together. As you can see the bleak hues of November can be quite sophisticated!

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