The One Love Onesie Wrap
When Nadia and I talked about adding something to complement the look and vibe of Twisted Movement, she told me about how she watched a monk crossing the street on her way to work, and was inspired by the simplicity, and utilitarian nature of the robes he was wearing. She wanted something that would facilitate easy movement, and she wanted it to be unisex, if at all possible. Above all, we both wanted to make sure the design was super unique, and not simply a copy of something everyone's seen before.
With all this in mind, I designed this geometrically-based garment to wear like a wrap pant on the bottom, to keep you covered the way a traditional robe just can't when you're upside down. But unlike a wrap pant, I extended the back panel into a full-coverage wrap-top to incorporate the utilitarian look of a robe, and added a hood (because everyone loves a good hood). Finally, after the driveway party during my drive-by visit to LA, we decided that what this piece needed was a pocket to be complete.
The One Love Onesie Wraps are made from bolts of fabric that I find from a fabric dealer that goes out and purchases lots of excess designer fabrics at auction. The fabric isn't specially manufactured for us, and is saved from being tossed by a designer house. The patterns are simple geometric shapes, and hand-placed and cut to minimize scrap waste - something that we hope to incorporate in more of our future pieces. You can dress these up or down, wear them over your pole clothes when you leave the studio, or dance in them as your heart desires! One piece, many looks. One Love.
The Hold Up! Harness
That same trip where we partied in the driveway, Nadia busted out some throwing knives and I thought that making a leg holster for them would be a fun-ass little gift for my hostess, a thank you for all of her hospitality. For those of you who don't know Nadia, she's a big believer in being able to defend yourself. Not necessarily go out and start shit, but you gotta be able to finish shit if someone brings it to ya. Check out her self-defense lessons on Insta, they're just in a class all on their own...
The Hold Up! Harness was our nod and wink to a sexy shank holster... I mean, you can't just tell people that you're selling concealed weapon holsters, but I'm not gonna tell you what to put in those pockets. Fun fact: the evolution of the crappiness of pockets in women's clothes is entirely due to poor engineering. As women's clothes became more form-fitting, designers started to shrink or remove pockets because they would "spoil the silhouette." Weirdly, they didn't do that to men's clothes. My irritation with the sexism involved in women's pockets could fill a dissertation, and the Hold Up! Harness is proof that you can make even the most form-fitting garment with pockets if you just try a little! #pussypower
The Rock Sugar Crop Hoodie
I love a good crop hoodie, but my tig ol' biddies say "haha, good luck" whenever I put one on. This one is different. Not only is it offered in sizes XS to 2XL, it's cut with a slightly asymmetrical front and back hemline to accommodate larger bust sizes, and to flare out around the ribcage for a dramatic silhouette (the technical fashion term is "trapeze cut"). The asymmetrical snaps at the neck make an extra cozy wrap-fit on the hood.
I'm so excited to showcase the 100% USA Organic Cotton from Spiritex Fabrics in this piece. While no textile is perfectly environmentally-friendly, they take some major steps in the right direction. It's grown in Texas, then spun, knit, and dyed all within 150 miles of Asheville, NC. It's biodegradable (unlike synthetic fibers), and it's grown without pesticides using natural irrigation processes, so it leaves a much smaller impact on the environment. Localized manufacturing means fewer fossil fuels used in materials transport. The Black Sesame colorway is 100% fabric from Spiritex, the Tang Yuan colorway is made from another bolt of fabric I found from the same fabric supplier of the One Love Onesie Wrap. I called this piece Rock Sugar as a nod to the kinds of sweets that were a part of my upbringing in a Chinese household. Rock Sugar comes in boxes, and is used typically as an ingredient in soups, stews, and medicines, rather than a standalone candy. But when you're a kid, you can't help but sneak a tiny piece from the box while mom isn't looking. Black Sesame and Tang Yuan are both related to Chinese sweets - Tang Yuan is a sesame-filled rice ball served in a sweet ginger soup that's eaten during Chinese New Year (Feb. 12, 2021) to symbolize reunion, and a smooth and peaceful new year... isn't that something we could ALL use after 2020?
The White Rabbit Pant
These pants are a nod to my past... specifically they're a design from my fashion school senior collection, modified to be athleisure (the originals were vinyl - yikes!). The 3-button fly on the side of the pant complements the asymmetry of the Rock Sugar Crop Hoodie, and they allow you to choose your fit, because why would you get 1 look with a pair of pants when you could get 3?! I love a high-waisted pant for maximum coverage when I don't feel like showing it all off while walking down the street, but maybe I wanna show a little skin when I'm living my best hoe life at the studio (you know, for the grip...). 2 generous functioning cargo pockets are a must, of course.
These pants are made from an incredible techno-knit that I sourced from the same fabric dealer as the One Love Onesie Wrap and the Tang Yuan colorway. If you ask me why the White Rabbit pants are actually black, it's because they're named after one of my favorite Chinese sweets growing up: White Rabbit Candies, which had a special rice paper wrapper over the candy that I thought was so cool and high-tech when I was a kid! Even as an adult, I love them so much, and they keep me connected, through food, to my culture and all the other kids who grew up Chinese-American just like me.
I had so much fun designing this collection to keep myself warm after stepping out of the studio this winter, and I hope you love these pieces as much as I do!