Fashion designers don't always consider the practicality of their creations, but Sarah Yarborough and Victor Lytvinenko, the couple behind the indie label Raleigh Denim, couldn't be more focused on creating classic, hardwearing pieces that uphold the old fashioned values of American craft and manufacturing. To this end, the latest manifestation of the Raleigh, North Carolina-based company's handiwork is the launch of its first textile collection for Bernhardt Design.
The collaboration between these two North Carolinians (the Bernhardt empire is headquartered in Lenoir, NC) goes way beyond state pride. 'Sarah and Victor are experts at celebrating craft and the art of "making", without it ever feeling 'crafty'. They truly understand and appreciate woven goods,' says Bernhardt Design's president, Jerry Helling.
Comprised of four patterns, the label's textile collection is entitled 'Looking Up' and takes its design inspiration from the night sky. Yarborough says, 'Stars serve as a visual ceiling to our world and they are ever-changing depending on location, distance and time. These constantly shifting perspectives allowed us to create multiple textile designs built from the same concept.'
From a deconstructed, radial star pattern called Kaleidoscope, rendered in tightly woven cotton yarns, to Nova, an interconnected network of starburst shapes in a cotton blend, Raleigh Denim's creations demonstrate an eye-catching sense of detail not often seen in indoor textiles. Its more literal designs, an overlapping constellation of star shapes in crepe, and a matrix of paper planes (a nod to the installation of 5,000 paper planes that the label created for the opening of its first store), are easily as graphic as they are whimsical.
Made from durable cottons, nylons and poly blends, the textile collection is available in 32 vibrant colourways and can be easily cleaned.