Since living in Minnesota for the past 3 years, I have deepened my appreciation for such things. I was seeking knit leggings 2 winters ago, which led to this prescient post on the topic of this morning's post:
the emerging brand isobel and cleo.
I first fell in love the those knit leggings, but the brand is expanding into all sorts of other knit wearables. Here is a sampling from the past couple fall seasons:
I really love the patterned texture on this "pine cone" shrug...
Charlotte, the knitwear designer behind Isobel and Cleo (who cites Backlund as her favorite knit designer) contacted us with some recent news, an update that we were happy to hear about and to share with all of you!
Since the time of my last post, Charlotte has been awarded funding from the Scottish Arts Council, has moved from Scotland to Philadelphia to work in knitwear design for a major company, and most recently has been chosen as a semi-finalist in the Emerging Designers Competition in Charleston Fashion Week, a competition open to anyone living in the eastern states. And that's where you come in...
She is running a kickstarter campaign to raise the money needed to complete the collection for the design competition. Something of note: Charlotte is interested in environmentally conscious fashion (she gives a 20% discount on custom orders who request the use of recycled or organic materials). Fittingly, then, she's also donating a portion of the funds she raises to Heifer International, a charity that purchases livestock for families around the world. She will send funds toward the purchase of a llama, an alpaca, a sheep, and an angora rabbit -- the very animals whose furs she is using to create the fashion week collection.
She sent over these images of some works in progress:
Um, how did she know the way to my heart is with adorable pups?
The fund raising campaign is set to close this Monday, February 21st! I really hope she is able to complete the collection.