Women's Natural Original Button-down Clay
As seen in. VOGUE. And. Whitewall. Worn here with our Water-Master Pant. This button-down shirt was the challenge that started the collection. Would it be possible to turn to make a shirt entirely from scratch? What did people do before the invention of the button-hole machine? Before plastic and metal buttons? How would we make these in a forest where neither existed? Credit goes to the artisans for pulling off their embroidery skills and hand-stitching buttonholes that look like they came from a Saville Row suit. Traditional hand-knot buttons made from fabric cording fit perfectly through the button-holes. A relaxed fit with dropped shoulders, the wide shirt is cropped for high-waisted trousers, and looks great half-tucked in the front for that effortless "Je ne sais quoi" look. Cosy hand-sewn french seams follow the curves of the body. The fabric selvedge runs down the front of the button placket to remind you that it's the real handwoven stuff. The warm colour was dyed using the the fiery red soil of the earth, so you feel grounded all day long. Cate Blanchett calls her shirt, "the colour of peace. The original prototype was made for a Smithsonian exhibition and took two years to perfect. Colour: natural
From ANGEL CHANG
Water Master Pants Natural
As seen in Departures. Worn here with our Original Button-Down. A vibrant 70-year old man lives in a wooden house across the river from my workshop. He is a Water Master, a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine that uses water, fire, mantras and incantations to stop bleeding and heal bones in the body. For him, it is a science and there is nothing woo-woo about it. Taught to the top 10% of martial arts students at Shaolin Temple, the home of kung fu, this secret branch of traditional Chinese medicine can also be passed down from father to son. The handwoven fabric makes these wide culotte pants lightweight and airy. The wrap-around belt adjusts to any waist size. Hand-embroidered stitching sits atop cozy hand-sewn seams that follow the curves of the body. Great for kung-fu kicks, sitting in lotus position, or just lounging around in the park. Fluffy white fiber plucked directly from the cotton shrub, it's the closest you'll get to wearing a plant straight from the earth. Order your normal size to wear high-waisted. Select one size up for a fuller skirt look. Model wears a size M for a looser fit.