Designer Spotlight: Laura Siegel
Posted: Sep 06 2014
I've been looking forward to the Laura Siegel A/W14 Collection ever since I saw her gorgeous presentation last spring. Her dreamy, boho-inspired collection has a cool, feminine quality and features everything I look for when shopping a new line: interesting design, textured pieces, comfort, exquisite detail and an emphasis on craft and sustainability. The Toronto-based designer's ethically handcrafted, easy-to-wear pieces are designed in collaboration with artisans in Asia and Latin America. This season, Laura's collection features silks dyed by women in the Kutch region of India. The grid print in the Drape Dress (below, left) and the Cocoon Sweater (below, right) were dyed in the Bandhani technique, in which each square of fabric is tied by hand and removed after the dying process is completed. This ancient form of tie-dye adds dimension and texture to the fabrics, giving an element that can only be created by hand.
Her beautiful, chunky knits are created in collaboration with female knitters in Bolivia and are knit from yarns that have been naturally-dyed and are free of chemical treatments.