Nostalgic dressing comes in a variety of forms, from curling up in your favorite homemade scarf to accessorizing with your grandmother?s brooch. But wearing your grandmother?s quilt? Not normally our first intuition--until we discovered Carleen.
Recent Pratt alum Kelsy Parkhouse drew inspiration for the debut line from her California childhood, watching the women in her family make their own clothes and sewing from an early age (ah, California living?). And it?s that crafty upbringing that sparked Parkhouse to salvage vintage materials--like faded quilts and 1930s feed sacks--and transform them into unexpectedly modern pieces. Boxy tanks, cropped blazers, color-blocked maxi dresses and a showstopping patchwork shift that?s already been snapped on street-style MVP Natalie Joos at Paris Fashion Week are just a few of such designs.
It?s not every day you see such one-of-a-kind talent (especially one that proves homespun doesn?t have to mean homely). And we?re confident Parkhouse?s star power will only rise from here. Now you can say you knew her quilts when.