Branching Out is here....•
Posted on March 18 2021
The Branching Out collection is a capsule RANT Clothing collection of easy to wear tops and pants is beautiful luxurious fabrics. If you haven't read the previous journal story, I recommend that you do to read about the fabrications chosen, the creation of this collection and the behind the scenes of the photo shoot.
These garments are for all seasons, worn on their own or layered up for the cooler weather ahead. They are all Australian made as is everything we sell.
Simple outfits like shown above, the Twig pants in Japanese made Pima cotton denim paired with a Lori top in a luxurious Supima cotton, can be mixed up by adding the Pristine Vest on top. See pic below.
The Pristine Vest is a cute boxy shaped vest top that can be worn on it's own or layered over any top. I created this style so I could wear the beautiful mossy forest image. You can read about this collaboration with a NZ photographer David Tressler in the previous journal story.
The pic below has the Pristine vest over a Lela tee, a simple soft Modal fabric tee that is a perfect layering piece. I like the higher neckline so when layering you can see a hint of what's underneath. This outfit has some cosy arms added for warmth, or maybe it was just because i think they look cool like this!
The concrete stools and vase we used are all handmade by Luke Mansini at Relik designs and are made to order out at Cedar Creek, not far from our home studio. We love supporting local artisans and having things around us that are made with love and care. Luke finished off the stools by building a fire around them and using different leaves to create subtle colours. They still had a smokey smell when we got them, all part of their unique appeal.
This base outfit is a combo of Lela tee with Magpie pants. So simple yet awesome. They are a revisited style from 2009, just as great now as when they were first created. They can be worn with almost any top, any season too. They're a heavy stretch cotton denim, built to last and not only are they super comfy, you can do anything in them, lots of movement and an adjustable waistband. This makes them great to wear when going out to eat!
Below is the Lori top with Magpie pants. I'm actually wearing this combo today as it's cooler and raining. I also like to wear long socks with the Magpie pants. You can roll the hems up on these too as it shows the lighter contrast of the reverse side of the denim, which is nice.
Magpie pants with layered Modal tops. The white rapture top under the loose throw over Branch top also in a soft Modal knit is another easy top option for these pants.
It's all about denim in this collection. Three different types of denim pants, all very different. The Magpie pants are slouchy and sit low on the hips, are a cropped length and black heavy denim. The Twig pants are wide leg, soft and drapey in a dressier Pima cotton denim and are full length. And the third option is the Hilda pants, a style from last year but now in an indigo blue heavyweight stretch denim with green topstitching. These pants can be worn higher at the waist than the others as the have our wide stretchy cotton fold over waistband. The Hilda pants have straight leg that's loose and they are full length with the option to roll them hems to a cropped length.
Check out the Hilda pants below. One pair of pants, lots of top options. These pants are a wardrobe staple. The texture of the raw edged pockets and reverse side of the denim used make them decorative.
The Twig pants were created so I could wear this fabric. We found this incredible Pima cotton denim from a Japanese mill. I wanted it, I wanted pants in it. The long staple fibre of Pima cotton makes it smooth and it takes on a totally different feel to regular denims. The wide leg shape makes the most of the fabric as they feel amazing when you walk. The cavernous pockets have a contrast Italian black cotton at the back and a Japanese cotton at the front, so when you put your hands in the pockets you get different textures. It's subtle, both are smooth, but different. I wanted to add lots of small details to these pants to make them extra special, so I made a patch detail for each pair to be stitched on the rear right leg, only seen sometimes, when you moved. These patches all had to made before they went into production and are all slightly different. They feature a small part of the forest print, just a thick mossy tree trunk, from my favourite type of places in NZ, Goblin forests!
The Twig pants are shown above with Lela tees and the option of the Rapture top added. I will do another journal story about the Modal tops soon.
I want to finish this one telling you about another in house project. I wanted to make, bags that feature the mossy forest image. So I created two totally different bags, different size and function. The Sapling pouch is small and becomes part of your outfit. It's a simple pouch big enough for your essentials, phone, keys, sunnies etc. The whole front is the image as I stitched the organic cotton print onto a gutsy blue denim. It has a cross body strap made of 20mm wide Australian made cotton webbing.
The Kindling bag is the other end of the scale. It's a generous sized denim Tote bag. The handles are made by stitching two thicknesses of Australian made cotton webbing together. I did that using green thread on the top and a blue thread underneath, then adding a zig zag detail down the middle. I stitched the image detail onto to the bag with the same type of cotton webbing i used for the handles but narrower. It's designed to carry lots if needed and would be perfect to take shopping, to pilates/yoga or anything you want.
There it is,
the Branching Out collection,
Thanks for reading,
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