Pop-Up Shop at Gather

Jamie Lau Designs Gather Pop-Up Shop

Join us for a special artist reception on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Gather from 2-6 PM

Join us in San Francisco for the opening of the Jamie Lau Designs Pop-Up Shop at Gather in Hayes Valley. Shop a selection of our handmade dresses and tops, each cut and sewn in our Brooklyn design studio one stitch at a time. Treat yourself to a unique party dress, or pick out a thoughtful holiday gift for that special someone. We’ll have a mix of fit and flare dresses, shifts, sheaths, and easy-to-wear tops.

We’re kicking things off with a special artist reception on Saturday, December 20, 2014. Join us for a designer meet-and-greet, festive treats, and champagne while you shop.

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Artist Reception
Gather
541 Octavia Street (b/w Grove + Ivy)
San Francisco, CA 94102
2-6 PM

December 17, 2014-January 18, 2015
Pop-Up Shop
Store Hours:
Monday-Saturday 11-7 PM
Sunday 12-6 PM

Aubergine Scalloped Wool A-line Dress x Britex Fabrics Guest Blogging

Jamie Lau Designs Aubergine Scalloped Wool A-line Dress

Catching an unusually sunny day in Brooklyn this time of year

With winter approaching and temperatures dropping, I wanted to create a wool dress to keep warm for the season as an alternative to just wearing sweaters. I was partially inspired by the geometric cuts and stark tunic shapes of 1960s Pierre Cardin.

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The Cosmocorps collection in double-face wool jersey, 1967. Photo by Yoshi Takata.

As Cardin once said, he “wanted to give women […] a chance to work, to sit, to take the car and drive in [his] dresses.” As a person constantly on the go and working long hours, I appreciate that sentiment and always aim for comfort and functionality in my designs.

For this design, I chose an aubergine wool blend with embroidered scallops. I wanted a looser fit with some sleeve coverage, so I decided on an A-line dress silhouette with a boat neckline and set-in sleeves.

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Embroidered scallop detail

Visit the Britex blog for my full article and get inspired!

Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco and New York Fall Markets 2014

Renegade Craft Fair 2014 San Francisco November Market

See the full list of vendors here

Get a jump start on your holiday shopping this season. Jamie Lau Designs will be setting up shop at both the San Francisco and New York Renegade Craft Fair Markets this month. Shop our new collection of handmade dresses, easy-to-wear tops, and totes sewn from traditional Japanese prints, handwoven ikats, and our signature textile designs. Treat yourself to a holiday party dress, or pick out a thoughtful gift for that special someone!

Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco November Market
November 8-9, 2014
Saturday & Sunday, 11-6pm
Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion
2 Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94123
Booth #80A

Renegade Craft Fair 2014 New York November Market

See the full list of vendors here

Renegade Craft Fair New York November Market
November 15-16, 2014
Saturday & Sunday, 11-6pm
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W. 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
(Between 6th and 7th Avenues)
Booth #70B

In the meantime, visit our web shop to peruse our designs and follow us on Instagram for a behind the scenes peek of what’s to come.

Pleated Wool Dress x Britex Fabrics Guest Blogging

Jamie Lau Designs Pleated Wool Dress 1

The subtle blue and green coloration of teal is perfect for fall

With fall upon us, I thought that a dress in a midweight wool with some sleeve coverage would be a good transition piece. The teal color has a warm, vintage feel to it and the skirt features inverted box pleats for a little bit of fullness.

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This designer wool fabric has a nice drape to it and works great for a fuller skirt

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A great transition piece for fall

Jamie Lau Designs Pleated Tombo Dress Photo Shoot

A sneak peek from our latest photo shoot featuring our Pleated Tombo Dress with cap sleeves in a Japanese fabric – follow us on Instagram for more behind the scenes footage

Visit the Britex blog for my full article, featuring this pleated wool dress, which includes tips on working with wool!

9/27 San Francisco Sewing Workshop at Britex Fabrics

Sew A Swing Top With Jamie Lau

Featuring our exclusive Swing Top sewing pattern available only in this workshop

Join me in San Francisco on Saturday, September 27, 2014 for a 4-hour sewing workshop at Britex Fabrics. In this hands-on course, students will learn how to sew a relaxed Swing Top using one of my original pattern designs. I will discuss pattern and fabric layout and demonstrate various garment construction techniques including: sewing gathers, applying neckline and armhole bias binding, and hemming. This fun top features a front and back yoke and is a great canvas for color blocking or mixing solids with prints. This easy-to-wear style slips on effortlessly without the hassle of a zipper and is great for layering or wearing as-is. This sewing pattern will be made available only in this San Francisco sewing workshop, so sign up today!

Sew A Swing Top
Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10:30 am-2:30 pm
Britex Fabrics
146 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Register Now
$45.00

Britex Fabrics is offering a 20% off discount on regularly priced fabrics to students purchasing supplies for this class. Sewing machines provided by Ray’s Sewing Machine Center.

Sew A Swing Top With Jamie Lau

The top features a front and back yoke and is a great canvas for color blocking or mixing solids with prints

Renegade Craft Fair Brooklyn September Market

Renegade Craft Fair 2014 Brooklyn September Market

See the full list of vendors here

Join us in Brooklyn this month for the 2014 Renegade Craft Fair September Market. Jamie Lau Designs will be setting up shop in Williamsburg at 50 Kent – dressing room in tow – alongside 250+ curated makers and independent designers. Shop our new collection of handmade dresses, easy-to-wear tops, and totes sewn from traditional Japanese prints, handwoven ikats, and our signature textile designs.

Renegade Craft Fair Brooklyn September Market
September 13-14, 2014
Saturday & Sunday, 11-6pm
50 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(Between N. 11th and N. 12th Streets)
Booth #75

And in case you missed it, Jamie Lau Designs was featured on the Renegade Craft Fair blog earlier this summer. Check out our Maker Spotlight feature to learn more about our design process.

We hope to see you in Williamsburg next weekend! In the meantime, visit our web shop to peruse our designs and follow us on Instagram for a behind the scenes peek of our most recent photo shoot.

Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco and Los Angeles Summer Markets 2014

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Image courtesy of Renegade Craft Fair

It’s that time of year again! Jamie Lau Designs will be heading to the West Coast this summer for the 2014 Renegade Craft Fair July Markets in both Northern and Southern California. Check out the official event details below for our retail and wholesale dates. All retail events have free admission and are open to the public.

San Francisco July Market Wholesale Soiree
July 18, 2014
Friday, 6-8pm
Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion
2 Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94123
Booth #20B
Free admission for store buyers with RSVP.

As a store buyer, you will be able to peruse handcrafted wares, meet the makers, and have the opportunity to place wholesale orders while enjoying cocktails and food fare without the crowd! Over 175 makers will be showcasing a variety of crafts featuring products ranging from cutting-edge fashion and jewelry design to sophisticated ceramics and housewares, contemporary furniture and lighting, bath and body products, screen printed art, paper goods, artisanal food and more!

San Francisco July Market
July 19-20, 2014
Saturday & Sunday, 11-6pm
Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion
2 Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94123
Booth #20B

Renegade Craft Fair 2014 San Francisco July Market

See the full list of vendors here

Los Angeles July Market
July 26-27, 2014
Saturday & Sunday, 11-6pm
Grand Park
200 N. Grand Park Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Booth #62

Renegade Craft Fair 2014 Los Angeles July Market

See the full list of vendors here

In the meantime, visit our web shop to peruse our designs!

Fashion Travelogue: Linen Palazzo Pant Jumpsuit

Jamie Lau Designs Linen Palazzo Pant Jumpsuit 1

Photo shoot near the waterfront this past weekend

As a follow-up to my last post, I’ve whipped up another jumpsuit design, this time using linen and going for a much bolder look – a colorblock palazzo pant style with short kimono sleeves. Silhouette-wise, I was inspired by a variety of sources, including 1940s high-waisted wide leg women’s trousers, a style which reemerged in the late 1960s/early 1970s as palazzo pants. I was also loosely inspired by the hakama trousers worn by samurai, as well as the silhouette of hanbok (traditional Korean dress).

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Inspiration from my visit to the Portland Art Museum last winter; (Right) Hakama trousers from 18th century Japan – divided trousers worn under armor for ceremonial occasions

For the yoke and necktie, I chose a lightweight linen that is a cross between hunter green and teal green. And for the volume-heavy part of the garment, I used a midweight linen that is a lovely mix of warm copper and terracotta tones.

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A mix of lightweight and midweight linen

I’ve worked with this earthy color combination before, including my Colorblock Wool Cross Front Dress design from a few years ago, and decided to revisit this duo again for spring.

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Colorblock Wool Cross Front Dress

Linen is a great option for warmer months and has a nice, natural luster to it. As for the pants, I felt that the natural creasing properties of the linen added to the natural flow of the intended blousey, boxy design.

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Pockets are a must

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Totally hooked on jumpsuits – be on the lookout for other versions coming to the web shop in the future

We had a lovely shoot this past weekend and I have to say, the garment is quite comfy, breathable, and billows nicely in the wind. This is definitely on the pack list for my upcoming trip! Stay tuned for the next installment of Fashion Travelogue!

P.S. This jumpsuit is also featured in my latest guest blog post for Britex Fabrics, where I sourced these beautiful linens. Hop over to their site to check it out!

Fashion Travelogue: Cornflower Blue Drawstring Jumpsuit

Jamie Lau Designs Drawstring Jumpsuit 1

Playing hair model for the day for Norwegian stylists during their visit to New York

Sunny days are here in New York, though layering is still needed. I’ve been working on a few jumpsuit designs in the studio, starting with this first version that features a simple drawstring waist. This style is cut from Japanese cotton which I sourced in Tokyo last spring. The embroidered windowpane checks are cut on the diagonal at the top, followed by meticulously aligned checks from the waist down.

Jamie Lau Designs Drawstring Jumpsuit 2

Embroidered gridded fabric detail

A great development from doing this Fashion Travelogue series is that I’ve been inspired to dig into my wardrobe archives from the past 10+ years for some styling options, including this speckled A.P.C. cotton blend tee (reminiscent of sprinkled Momofuku rainbow cake crumble B’day Truffles and candy gumballs).

Jamie Lau Designs Drawstring Jumpsuit Styled

Digging deep into my wardrobe archives and rediscovering some old gems

I styled the rest of the outfit with my go-to Rachey Comey braided leather wooden platform clogs and a bright red Cynthia Rowley handbag with (what I think are) a duo of bluebirds on the front.

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A sunny (but windy) afternoon in Bryant Park

Jumpsuits will definitely be making it to the Jamie Lau Designs web shop later this year. Stay tuned for the next installment of Fashion Travelogue!

Fashion Travelogue: Vermilion Gathered Top

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Dramatic sleeve with volume in cotton jacquard

Last weekend, I went to The Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden. As you may know, I love color and it was the perfect weekend inspiration to kick off spring. The exhibition was beautifully designed and featured both classic and modern orchids.

It was the perfect day to wear my new Vermilion Gathered Top, which I designed in a textured Swiss cotton jacquard fabric. One of my favorite color combinations is a red with a little bit of orange in it mixed with a nice pop of blue (think the look and feel of Jean-Luc Godard’s La Chinoise).

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Film still from Jean-Luc Godard’s La Chinoise, 1967

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Guillaume and Véronique, played by Jean-Pierre Léaud and Anne Wiazemsky

When I first saw this fabric, I immediately thought “dramatic sleeve” given its nice texture and body. I styled the top with a pair of blue linen polka dot pants this past weekend (I will definitely be packing this outfit for Japan as well.)

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Color everywhere in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

Here are some snapshots of my favorite finds at the botanical garden.

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Prayer plant – lush green and full of textural inspiration

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Aechmea ‘Del Mar’ – this bromeliad is even more beautiful in person

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Neoregelia “Jampa” – some intensely colored leaves

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Afternoon sunlight hitting the Wicked “Red Head” orchids

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I am in love with these orchid wall hangings

Hop over to the Britex blog for my latest article on how to sew set-in sleeves using this top as an example in my tutorial. Stay tuned for the next installment of Fashion Travelogue!