PAINT IT FORWARD
A new designer is revolutionizing the T-shirt
We'd never give up our fancy dresses, but when it comes to comfort and simplicity, we're suckers for a good T-shirt.
So is Brooklyn-based designer Rachel Rose, who's leaving her mark on our wardrobe staple with an exquisite line of hand-painted silk tees.
The made-to-order shirts in her seven capsule collections play to Rose's dexterity and eye for patterns. Seemingly chaotic splotches in Inkblot are actually painstakingly placed, while Squares channels Mondrian with precise shapes and knockout hues. Our favorite collection though, is Blue Desert: The Santa Fe-inspired turquoise and cerulean swirls are Rose's most vivid work to date.
We've traded in our plain white tees for the artful Mimic Dot ($127), Native Blue Silk ($98) and Black on Black ($133) shirts, and have cleared room in our closets for Rose's summery watercolor dresses ($208).
All shirts are locally produced and virtually waste-free. (Rose repurposes scraps into waist-cinching belts ($20) and uses water sparingly during the painting process.) Scoop one up from her website, Etsy shop or Brooklyn's Thistle & Clover, or email her for a custom order if you have a specific design in mind.