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The Heart of Injiri

As summer approaches, living takes on a new feeling of the airy outdoors and white and cream interiors become places of relaxation. This is the heart of Injiri. Cottons are woven in the traditional Gujarati weaving technique called bhujodi in which complex patterns give each piece a unique personality. Soft geometric patterns, mismatched buttons, and red stitch details are cherished elements of the creation of each piece. “For me the beauty lies in the process of making,” Chinar Farooqui explains. The result is a collection of bed covers, throws, floor and decorative pillows that can move through the house and garden and add a lightness of being to summer living.

Henrik Vibskov: New Arrivals In-Store and Online

New pieces from Henrik Vibskov have been posted online and are available in-store today at Workshop!

Album di Famiglia: New Arrivals In-Store and Online

New pieces from Album di Famiglia have been posted online and are available in-store today at Workshop!

Introducing: Maison De Soil, New Online

New pieces from Maison de Soil have been posted online and are available in-store today at Santa Fe Dry Goods!

Established in 2009, Maison de Soil is a Japanese line that blends luxury and comfort with handcraft and tradition. Soil, as a reference to “earth” or “land,” conjures the images of a workshop standing on the earth. The collection offers clothing with a warm unique quality, created by their hand-stitched and hand-dyed work from skilled artisans.

Daniela Gregis: New Arrivals In-Store and Online

New pieces from Daniela Gregis have been posted online and are available in-store today at Santa Fe Dry Goods!

Jaga: New Arrivals In-Store and Online

Nuno: New Arrivals In-Store and Online

Introducing: Cosmic Wonder, New Online

In 2016, Cosmic Wonder moved their studio to a traditional house and workshop in Miyama, a remote village in the mountains of north Kyoto that is a national preservation for historic buildings. Dedicated to sustainability, this transition from an urban setting has enhanced their work, as their garments are designed with natural materials while using traditional Japanese techniques. There is a natural beauty embedded within these methods, and Cosmic Wonder hopes to foster an opportunity to transform the wearer through conscious efforts toward sustainable methods of producing clothing.

Uma Wang: New SS19 Online

In the new spring collection, Uma proves she has no problem incorporating bold colors into her typically muted palette, easily integrating more cheer. Uma’s references are characteristically vast, as the spring collection incorporates influences from Morocco, France, England, India, China and Italy.

Uma Wang: Undeniable Skill and Refined Ease

UMA WANG: Undeniable Skill and Refined Ease

Images via: Uma Wang Official

Considered one of China’s first global labels, Uma Wang has taken the world by storm. Always exhibiting undeniable skill, she trained at the Chinese Textile University in Shanghai and Central St. Martins in London. She designed for numerous labels for years before creating her own, launching her first line in 2009. Since then she has been on an upward rise, amassing success and astounding the public without fail every year. She has showcased catwalk collections in London, Shanghai and Milan fashion weeks, with critical acclaim from industry insiders. In 2012, she received the honor of being chosen by the Council of Fashion Designers of America for its inaugural China exchange.

When she was younger, she would read esoteric books with her father, and found that her imagination was boundless, as she easily worked through problems without standard answers. Her creativity is translated directly into her work, along with different aspects of her personality, from her upbringing to her experiences in adulthood. Rules and secular traditions have never been able to stint her ingenuity.

Creating her own knits and textiles has become Uma Wang’s specialty. She later fuses these elements together within the garments, producing unexpected and unique compositions. Because she intimately knows her fabrics, their weight, and the way they move, Wang masterfully drapes silhouettes that have refined ease and simplicity. This allows the exquisite and unique textiles to shine as the focal point.

Her color sensibility is unique as well, as each collection is extremely cohesive in spite of the various patterns in use. From gold and fuschia florals to black and yellow stripes, Uma has created work that leaves many breathless. Uma is no stranger to color, with vibrant emeralds appearing amidst more subdued and earthy tones in her previous collection for Spring 2018. However, the fuschia featured this spring is a surprise delight, whether worn in large portions through tailored jackets or color blocked on maxi dresses. Asymmetric elements can also be found throughout Uma’s work in dresses and blouses patterned with florals. Meanwhile, tie details are strategically placed on everything from scarves to button up shirts, and even blazers. This makes it easy to transform many of her garments to one’s liking, while simultaneously making the wearer feel like they’re on a constant journey of discovery with her pieces.

Uma travels between her two studios in Italy and Shanghai, and she constantly implements aesthetic statements from numerous cultures. Her work consistently balances femininity and lightness accompanied by an avant-garde undertone. Textural, romantic, experimental, and contemporary, Uma Wang is a designer to watch for years to come.

In the new spring collection, Uma proves she has no problem incorporating bold colors into her typically muted palette, easily integrating more cheer. Uma’s references are characteristically vast, as the spring collection incorporates influences from Morocco, France, England, India, China and Italy.

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Golden Goose: The Rise in Popularity of Sneakers

Golden Goose: The Rise in Popularity of Sneakers

Photo via: Golden Goose Instagram

It’s difficult to determine when sneakers became so popular. They got their start in the 1920’s when Converse signed Chuck Taylor to their brand to develop what we now know as their most classic style. Later in 1936, the Chuck Taylor Converse became the official shoe for the US basketball team as they participated in the Olympics.

It wasn’t until 1950 that sneakers began to bridge the gap between sportswear and casual wear. This was largely thanks to James Dean and his love for Purcell’s, a sneaker designed by former badminton champion in a style that was later acquired by Converse. These shoes were similar to Converse, but appealed to a different portion of society and widened their reach, as they were prominent in the rock culture of the time.

During the 1960’s and ’70s Adidas sports shoes rose in popularity. Later in the ‘80s sneakers became the hip-hop uniform of choice through Air Jordans and Adidas Superstars. Meanwhile, television reflected the growing obsession with white sneakers as they began appearing on stars such as Tom Hanks in Big, and Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future. For the time being, sneakers remained on the streets and sports fields.

Technological advancements, experimentation with color and layering didn’t quite resonate with the public, that is until Prada got involved. They released the PS0906 in 1996, which was originally intended as a yachting shoe, and later launched a single sneaker on the runway with their Prada Sport collection debut in 1997.

While sneakers attained their start in the realm of athletics, it’s only recently that they’ve wormed their way into high fashion. While men have been flaunting sparkling white sneakers for decades, it’s only recently that women have associated Balenciaga and other brands like Common Projects and Golden Goose with high fashion.

Golden Goose

Photos via: Golden Goose Deluxe Brand

Golden Goose in particular, has attained particular success with the invention of their brand in 2000, as they were some of the first deliberately scuffed sneakers to appear on the market. In less than 19 years they’ve become world-renowned, cultivating a cult following and undoubtedly starting a trend. Created by two Venetian designers and fashion newcomers, Francesca Rinaldo and Alessandro Gallo, Golden Goose has gone above and beyond in producing innovative and spirited products. Today, the brand encompasses an entire lifestyle concept, with the idea that the “worn” quality of their sneakers sends a message that their footwear has been on a well-loved journey, encouraging the owner to keep exploring.

While their sneakers may look distressed, the aesthetic statement doesn’t sacrifice high-quality levels of material and craftsmanship. All of their shoes are hand finished by Italian artisans, and the leather is as soft as butter — giving it a truly luxurious experience sans the pain of breaking in new shoes.

This past year has seen sneakers in a variety of styles, from sneaker boots inspired by hiking shoes, to vibrant and colorful experimentations with proportion, as well as chunky soles. Thanks to how advanced shoe manufacturing has become, anything is possible. It’s said that the next trends to emerge will rely heavily on the use of texture, which is something Golden Goose has dabbled in, with more than one of its glitter-encrusted styles.

golden goose

Right Photo via: Golden Goose Deluxe Brand and Golden Goose Instagram

Their latest collection from SS’19 features vibrant pink and coral hi-tops that coincide well with the revival of neon colors and coral as the color of the year, as well as navy suede mid-star sneakers. Golden Goose also offers a twist on the classic white sneaker, which is typically worn in pristine condition. A staple in any wardrobe, their shoes come in styles with silver and pink glittered accents, and a lived-in patina.

Brands have finally realized that there is a lot to be earned through the creation of comfortable and stylish footwear. Luxury sneakers are being produced at a faster rate than ever before, and as a result offices, parties and even wedding venues are filled with sneakers in all shapes and sizes.

This is in part due to the evolution of professional women’s lives. Women are increasingly working from home, and as such the “working woman’s” dress code from decades past is becoming obscure. Even those who work a normal 9-5 job are experiencing a change in their workwear as many women trade their heels for comfortable footwear. Or so the statistics indicate, as women’s sneaker sales have surged 37% throughout the U.S. in 2017, and sales of high heels have declined 11%. At a time when women are re-evaluating their roles in society and demanding a desexualization of the workplace, sneakers feel alluring. Nobody is insisting that wearing high heels is an unfeminist choice, but expectations that women should dress a certain way for men are changing and as a result, women are prioritizing comfort without sacrificing style.

The most humble of footwear has held a stance at every price point you can imagine – from designer kicks costing hundreds of dollars to street sportswear that an average teenager can afford. They’ve been embraced by every group you can imagine, from women wearing blazers to those who stunt streetwear, to even high fashion stylists. In short, sneakers have become a classic and versatile addition to anyone’s wardrobe.

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Agnona: New Designer Arrives In-Store

We are excited to introduce a new designer to our store! Founded in 1953 and named after a village at the foot of Monte Rosa, Agnona began their journey as a supplier of the finest fabrics. Within seven years of opening their business, they became the go-to supplier for many of the leading international designers like Balenciaga, Dior, and Givenchy. In many ways, Agnona wrote a noteworthy chapter in the book of fashion by actively contributing to the prestige of haute couture in its golden age. Since then, they have honed their craft to establish a luxury brand with extensive knowledge in textiles, that produces the pinnacle of modern luxury daily wear. All of their pieces are distinguished by understated elegance and their extreme attention to detail.

Shop their newest collection which is available online and in-store at Santa Fe Dry Goods in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

Ticca: New Designer Arrives In-Store

We are excited to introduce a new designer to our store! Ticca is produced entirely in Japan, with a focus on traditional, individual and comfortable style. They believe that fashion can showcase your true identity and the clothing you wear should enhance your lifestyle. What you wear can change your perspective and mood. Through their “new-basic” approach to fashion, Ticca hopes to provide style and confidence that lasts a lifetime. Shop their newest collection which is available online and in-store at Workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Casey Casey: Pragmatic and Unique

Casey Casey: Pragmatic and Unique

Casey Casey Floral Print PYJ Tunic in Blue

Casey Casey is designed by Gareth Casey, and manufactured by hand in Paris, France. They strive to revive the idea of ateliers and reignite appreciation for handmade craftsmanship. Originally, ateliers were a private workshop or studio, and standard vocational practice for European artists in the middle ages. Until the 19th century, they housed artisans and painters, many of whom would train apprentices. Nowadays, ateliers are most closely associated with haute couture. This may not be too removed from the original use, considering fashion in itself is an art form.

Sensible, wearable and pragmatic clothes are what Casey Casey is best known for. Unconcerned with trends, they focus on creating work that can best be described as what they want to wear, or what they’d like to see be created. Becoming so removed from the system that creates the latest craze in your line of work may sound like a mistake, but this may be the very thing that has attained such success for Casey Casey.

Being aware of the trends while remaining impervious to their influence is a difficult feat. Being able to produce clothes that are unique is equally as challenging, but somehow Casey Casey has managed to do both. Their recipe to success is very similar to following the principles of good design, as they simply wish to create functional work that never goes out of style.

Casey Casey Striped Waga Shirt in White, Orsan Jacket in Indigo, Long Oversized Shirt in Blue

From the fabric in use to the shape of the garments, every aspect has been highly considered. There are a variety of textures at work in this collection, from sleek silk textiles to rough linen. The color palette is constrained to blue and yellow tones, with the occasional pop of orange. There are numerous patterns with variations in scale. Airy stripes sit among tightly laced liberty print, and mingle with textured and frayed orange and baby blue polka dots. Although the fact that there have been some French workwear inspirations within Casey Casey’s work over time, this does not mean their work is typical. For every collared top, there are an equal amount of surprises that come in the form of drop crotch pants in silken textiles, button-ups with extreme drop shoulders, and flowing dresses in rough, yet wearable linen.

Casey Casey Silk Habotai Shirt in Cream, Striped Pasha Dress in White, Odem Pom Pom Shirt in White

According to interviews with those who work at Casey Casey, their customers are often “filmmakers, architects or artists…people who understand well-made objects and want to be original,” or those who “buy their clothes for decades, not seasons.” Although there is no way to stereotype an entire client base, there is no denying that those who become enchanted with Casey Casey are people who appreciate thoughtful design that is as dependable as it is unique.

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Album di Famiglia Arrives In-Store

New pieces from Album di Famiglia arrives in-store today at Workshop

Umit Unal SS19: Bridging Style, Culture and Function

Istanbul, home to clothing designer Ümit Ünal, is many things including the city of bridges. The city is split into 3 zones connected by Galata and Atatürk bridges, as well as three of the world’s longest suspension bridges: Bosporus I, Bosporus II, and Bosporus III — all spanning over 3,000 feet. Istanbul is also the geographic bridge between Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Culturally, it is the world’s fifth most popular tourist destination, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a world-recognized center for entertainment.

It is no surprise that in this cultural hotspot, Ümit Ünal finds a wealth of inspiration for a collection that reflects a duality in design. A silk shirt can be sophisticated enough to wear formally under the right jacket, yet the hidden frayed edges come to light when worn over jeans. The same shirt can reference both Anatolian folk art and the edginess of European design. With an emphasis on techniques done by hand, such as embroidery, hand stitching and overdyeing, there is an additional layer of rich sophistication added to his fluid and often monochromatic collections. Ümit — like his city — bridges cultures, styles, and function.

Daniela Gregis: New Arrivals In-Store

New pieces from Daniela Gregis is arriving in-store today at Santa Fe Dry Goods. New pieces will be shot in our studio this week!

Sabina Savage Arrives In-Store Today

Sabina Savage arrives today in Santa Fe Dry Goods

Spring Outerwear for Every Style

Spring Outerwear for Every Style

As spring approaches, many people are swapping out their winter wardrobes in hopes of warmer weather. Although the urge to shed our coats and jackets may be strong as we dream of the trees blossoming and flowers blooming, that doesn’t mean we must ditch outerwear completely. Blazers and dusters can roll from one season to the next, but so may a good jacket depending on the climate where you live. Whether you’re looking for some options that are lightweight and easy, stylish and functional, or edgy with some elegance, we have collected some of our favorites.

Lightweight Linens


Between Oska, Péro, and Annette Görtz, there are more than enough linen jackets to go around. Oska has a few to offer, from this neutral colored jacket to a longer silhouette in navy tones. Péro has a number of outerwear pieces created with linen, many of which are detailed with stripes which we have discussed in our previous style report. And although Annette Görtz has only a few jackets available at the moment, there is no shortage of lovely neutral toned items in our store.

Daring Denim


In some ways, Etro and Sacai are often associated with vastly different styles. Sacai has an adventurous and experimental reputation, while Etro produces work that is closer to a classically beautiful and ornamented style. Though when displayed next to each other, Sacai’s denim bomber jacket looks just as artful as Etro’s patchwork coat.

Raw Edges


Studio B3 and Rundholz are similar in not only their color inspirations for this season, but the essence of their clothes speak well to one another. Many coats in Rundholz Dip are detailed with frayed details, woven fabric, and ruching. In the same way, Studio B3 is a firm believer in letting the textural qualities of fabric shine, which is why they advocate against ironing their clothes and have detailed many hems with raw edges.

Fantastic Florals


From brilliant tailoring to luxurious fabrics, these jackets have it all. Shi exhibits excellent choices when it comes to material, and this devore jacket is no exception. With strikingly textured paisley and floral print, they have achieved a comfortable elegance. Similarly, Peter O. Mahler has crafted a jacket with structured shoulders and a jacquard floral print. Etro as always, is beyond words, due to the fit of this jacket coupled with the fabric and pattern.

Sporty and Sensational


Whether its a windbreaker or a lightweight parka, Marni and Rundholz Black Label have all the jacket options one could ever need when looking for a casual yet stylish piece of outerwear.

Edgy Elegance


Avant Toi, A Tentative Atelier and Ümit Ünal are an interesting group. Each have taken inspiration from classic silhouettes and added elements that are not typically associated with such sophisticated garments. With Avant Toi, blazers that are often traditionally sleek have been stitched from hemp and dyed with variances in tone, making it less than uniform. A Tentative Atelier’s take on the typical blazer is detailed with a raw hem, as are Ümit Ünal’s jackets, both of which remain refined.

Ümit Ünal: Effortless Duality

Ümit Ünal: Effortless Duality

umit unal fw fall winter 2018

Ümut Ünal Fall Winter 2018 via: Ümit Ünal

Ümit Ünal is a Turkish designer born and based in Istanbul. His work is influenced by contemporary art, music, and design. From growing up in his family’s atelier to graduating from the Department of Archaeology and Art History at Istanbul University in 1989, and later from the Textile Department at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Marmara University in 1993, he has explored many paths. Since then, he has established a successful brand, working with a small team of artists and craftsmen. With an emphasis on techniques done by hand, such as embroidery, hand stitching and overdyeing, there is an additional layer of rich sophistication added to his fluid and often monochromatic collections.

Ümit Ünal’s FW 2018 collection brought placket button-ups in shades of grey, blue and neutral tones. Coats in similar colors were crafted to be layered over other pieces, along with lightweight sweaters. Some standout garments include the metallic coat in grey, and short knitted top in a vibrant navy, though Ümit’s collared shirts are always an intellectual yet edgy delight.

umit unal spring summer 2019

Ümit Ünal Spring Summer 2019

For SS 2019, despite the fact Ümit is still producing items in classic silhouettes, there is nothing boring about these garments. While they retain an air of simplicity, they are also detailed with personality. Coats are stitched out of washed fabric with mindful texture, while cuffs and hemlines are trimmed with frayed edges, adding an artful and rebellious air. Simultaneously, button-ups are created with luxe fabrics, and detailed with hand-stitched embroidery, while the underside of point collars are sewn with white fabric. Ümit has added light blues and vibrant teal tones to his trademark “non-color” palette, of which the teal may be one of the brightest colors we have seen in Ümit’s collections to date. All of these details culminate in a darkly romantic, yet casual essence, that ultimately creates a certain universality in each of his pieces. His designs are fluid in every way, from the fabric in use to their thoughtful narrative that often deals with the concepts of androgyny.

Ümit Ünal Spring Summer 2019

“A designer who cannot find sincerity in the system of fashion and habits, creates new interpretations and freedom…”

Part of what makes Ümit Ünal such a strong designer is the effortless duality he instills in each of his pieces. A button up is sophisticated enough to be worn in such a setting but remains casual enough to be worn daily. Coats are cut with simple lines which help elevate an outfit, while the textural fabrics, additional buttons, and slightly off-kilter pockets are casual, detailed quirks. Context is everything, which is why Ümit’s work is so versatile as it all depends on how you style it.

EXPLORE ÜMIT ÜNAL


Sacai: Asymmetry and Abstract Florals

Casey Casey Arrives In-Store

New pieces from Casey Casey is arriving at the store today. Shop what’s already on our site!

 

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Anntian Arrives to Store

One of Workshop’s favorite brands will be arriving at the store today!

 

Jan-Jan Van Essche: One in All and All in One

Van Essche creates a single collection each year, rather than producing collections for each season, for a number of reasons. Of the simplest to explain, is the fact he doesn’t want his work to be dictated by the fashion industry. As far as design is concerned, Van Essche’s work remains simplistic because he believes clothing should be freeing. This is why every garment is created in such a way that minimizes the number of seams needed, and they are also constructed with effortless silhouettes. While the Western approach to fashion dictates that garments confine and shape the body, through his cautious studies for every season, Van Essche has found that many clothes from different countries depend on the wearer’s body to define how they look.