There are few things in the design world that I love more than a beautifully patterned fabric. Whether you’re upholstering a sofa with that fabric, creating a curtain, or turning it into a jacket, my love for patterned textiles knows no bounds. Lately, I’ve been paying more attention to contemporary clothing designers and the way they work with color and pattern, so I wanted to reach out to some of my favorites to learn more about them and where they find inspiration for their work and their process.
Ikiré Jones is a contemporary fashion studio run by Designer & Creative Director, Walé Oyéjidé and Head Tailor, Sam Hubler. Based in Philadelphia, Walé and Sam create sophisticated and stylish clothing for “adventurous people” across the globe. I was first drawn to their 2014 collection when I saw the deep blues, purples and reds in their fabrics. From there I dove deep into their previous collections and have since followed their travels, stories and artwork with excitement. Walé and Sam aren’t just building a fashion brand, they’re creating a strong community and vision informed by their heritage and contemporary culture. I find as much inspiration in their shared videos and artwork as I do their beautiful clothing, so today I wanted to check out their studio and hear more about how Ikiré Jones came to be, and what their plans for the future are. Thanks so much to Walé and Sam for talking with us today. xo, grace
Photography by David Evan McDowell