Spring 2017 Trunk Show at Seedstore

Trunk Show at Seedstore

Jamie Lau Designs will be popping up at Seedstore for a spring trunk show this month. Join us on Saturday, April 29, 2017 to shop our latest collection of jumpsuits, relaxed fit tops, and signature dress designs at one of our favorite local stockists. Clement Street will be buzzing with activity this day, including an art show, live performances, and artisans selling their goods.

Jamie Lau Designs Spring 2017 Trunk Show
April 29, 2017
Saturday, 10:30-5pm
Seedstore
212 Clement Street
San Francisco, CA 94118

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.

American Craft Show St. Paul 2017

Jamie Lau Designs American Craft Show St. Paul

Visit us in Booth 212-1 at the RiverCentre!

Join us for our first Midwest shopping event at the American Craft Show in St. Paul, Minnesota. We’ll be setting up shop for three days of festivities celebrating all things handmade! More than 250 top contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home décor artists from across the country will gather under one roof. Jamie Lau Designs will be participating as both a wholesale and retail exhibitor as part of the Hip Pop program. It’s your chance to touch, feel, and explore high-quality American craft and meet the makers behind the work.

American Craft Show, St. Paul 2017
April 7-9, 2017
Friday, 10-8 pm
Saturday, 10-6 pm
Sunday, 11-5 pm
Saint Paul RiverCentre
175 Kellogg Boulevard W
St. Paul, MN 55102
Booth #212-1
Use code MSP2017GUEST for 50% off a one-day show pass when you purchase advance tickets online here.

Preview Party
Thursday, April 6, 2017: 6-9pm
Tickets: Advance preview party tickets are available for $75 from now until Wednesday, April 5. After that date, you may still purchase a ticket at the door for $85.

Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco Spring 2017

Renegade Craft Fair 2017 San Francisco Spring Fair

See the full list of vendors here. Visit us in Booth 80.

Join us next weekend at Renegade Craft Fair to kick off our first event of the year. Come say hello and shop our latest selection of dresses, tops, and coats. We have some beautiful new styles and Japanese fabrics to showcase and can’t wait to share them with you. In addition to available stock, we will have fitting muslins and fabric swatches on hand to take customer orders in person. We’ll be showcasing our handmade designs alongside 300+ makers, artists, and food vendors. As always, this event is free and open to the public.

Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco Spring Fair
April 1-2, 2017
Saturday & Sunday, 11-6pm
Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion
2 Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94123
Booth #80

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.

Metallic Ikat Striped Geometry Dress

Metallic Ikat Striped Geometry Dress 1

I love working with stripes just as much as I love textured ikat fabric. When I saw this striped Italian ikat blend with copper accents, I knew it would make for a great party dress version of the JLD Striped Geometry Dress silhouette. The metallic threads add a luxury feel and I thought it would be fun to play with the direction of the “blurry” stripes that are characteristic of ikat weaving.

Much of the inspiration for my designs comes from my environment and looking beyond literal fashion references. Here are some artworks I was drawn to, mainly because of the intersection of stripes.

Teresita Fernández’s Stacked Waters 1

Teresita Fernández’s Stacked Waters created for the entrance space of the Blanton Museum of Art

Teresita Fernández’s Stacked Waters 2

A site-specific installation consisting of 3,100 square feet of custom-cast acrylic that covers the walls in a striped pattern

Monir Farmanfarmaian’s Hexagon

Monir Farmanfarmaian’s Hexagon (2010), shown by the Haines Gallery at The Armory Show in 2013

If you are interested in placing an order for a dress in this new fabric (or another option), email us at jamielaudesigns [at] gmail [dot] com.Metallic Ikat Striped Geometry Dress 2

This new design is also featured on the Britex Fabrics blog.

Metallic Linen Palazzo Pant Jumpsuit

Metallic Linen Palazzo Pan Jumpsuit MainThe JLD Linen Palazzo Pant Jumpsuit silhouette has been a customer favorite. We’ve decided to update this look in new fabrics for 2017, starting with a luxurious linen with a silvery sheen. The metallic finish adds visual interest and elevates the material, yet still meets the functionality criteria since it is a linen.

The inspiration for this design came after a trip to Palm Springs earlier this year. (And yes, I brought along another version of this jumpsuit to wear during my trip!) In Palm Springs, I was surrounded by Old Hollywood glamour—Mid-century modern architecture, poolside bungalows, and vintage shopping—as well as the city’s modern makeover. I visited several art museums and dined at stylish restaurants around town. What I noticed when looking back at my phone was the number of photos I took of lighting fixtures. They all happened to be my favorite images from the camera roll and themed around the bright, shiny, and geometric.

Similar to the intersection of old and new that I observed in the desert, I wanted to update this vintage-inspired silhouette in a modern fabric. Here are some of the lighting design pieces that caught my eye.

Lindsey Adelman’s Branching Bubbles at L’Horizon Palm Springs

Lindsey Adelman’s Branching Bubbles at L’Horizon Palm Springs

Marjorie Edris Chandelier with its 365 bulbs at the Palm Springs Art Museum

Marjorie Edris Chandelier with its 365 bulbs at the Palm Springs Art Museum

Jim Campbell’s low-res light art experiment in perceptual cognition on view at the Palm Springs Art Museum, based on the digital pixel and the information it carries

Jim Campbell’s low-res light art experiment in perceptual cognition on view at the Palm Springs Art Museum, based on the digital pixel and the information it carries

To break up the shininess, I decided to cut and sew the necktie in black using the wrong side of the fabric for some contrast. I added side seam pockets—just like in the original version—and used woven flat non-roll elastic for the waistband to help resist rolling or twisting.

Linen Palazzo Pant Jumpsuit 2

Left: Our Blue Cotton-Linen Palazzo Pant Jumpsuit; Right: Our new Metallic Linen Palazzo Pant Jumpsuit

Linen Palazzo Pant Jumpsuit 3

The elastic waistband on this garment carries the weight of the linen pant legs, creating an effortless feel when worn

I styled this wide leg silhouette with my No. 6 Crowley Tassel Slingback Clogs for some elevation. And in case you were wondering, we shot this look in the Moon Viewing Garden, quite appropriate for this silver metallic jumpsuit. If you are interested in placing an order for a jumpsuit in this new fabric (or another option), email us at jamielaudesigns [at] gmail [dot] com.

Linen Palazzo Pant Jumpsuit 4

This new design is also featured on the Britex Fabrics blog.

Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco Holiday 2016

Renegade Craft Fair 2016 San Francisco Holiday Fair

See the full list of vendors here. Visit us in Booth 105.

Join us this weekend at Renegade Craft Fair to kick off the holiday shopping season. Come say hello and shop our latest selection of dresses, tops, and coats. In addition to available stock, we will have fitting muslins and fabric swatches on hand to take customer orders in person. We’ll be showcasing our handmade designs alongside 300+ makers, artists, and food vendors. As always, this event is free and open to the public.

Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco Holiday Fair
November 19-20, 2016
Saturday & Sunday, 11-6pm
Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion
2 Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94123
Booth #105

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.

American Craft San Francisco Show 2016

ACC 2016 San Francisco Show

Visit us in Booth 135-1 at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion!

Join us at the 41st Annual American Craft San Francisco Show for three days of festivities celebrating all things handmade! More than 225 top contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home décor artists from across the country will gather under one roof. Jamie Lau Designs will be participating as both a wholesale and retail exhibitor as part of the Hip Pop program. It’s your chance to touch, feel, and explore high-quality American craft and meet the makers behind the work. This is the largest juried craft show west of the Rockies – a must-attend for craft lovers.

American Craft San Francisco Show
August 5-7, 2016
Friday, 10-6pm
Saturday, 10-6pm
Sunday, 11-5pm
Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion
2 Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94123
Booth #135-1
Use code SFO2016GUEST for 50% off a one-day show pass when you purchase advance tickets online here.

ACC 2016 San Francisco Show Postcard

 

Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco Summer 2016

Renegade Craft Fair 2016 San Francisco Summer Fair

See the full list of vendors here. Visit us in Booth 207.

Join us this weekend at Renegade Craft Fair at Fort Mason along the San Francisco Bay. Come say hello and shop our latest selection of dresses, tops, and coats. We are excited to debut our new collection of versatile relaxed fit styles, perfect for summer and year-round wear. We’ll be showcasing our handmade designs alongside 300+ makers, artists, and food vendors. As always, this event is free and open to the public.

Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco Summer Fair
July 16-17, 2016
Saturday & Sunday, 11-6pm
Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion
2 Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94123
Booth #207

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.

Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco Spring 2016

Renegade Craft Fair 2016 San Francisco Spring Fair

See the full list of vendors here. Visit us in Booth 84.

Join us this weekend at Renegade Craft Fair at Fort Mason along the San Francisco Bay. Come say hello and shop our latest selection of dresses, tops, and totes to celebrate spring. We’ll be showcasing our handmade designs alongside 180+ makers, artists, and workshops. As always, this event is free and open to the public. As an added bonus, JLD customers will receive a free gift with purchase (available while supplies last).

Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco Spring Fair
April 30-May 1, 2016
Saturday & Sunday, 11-6pm
Fort Mason Center Herbst Pavilion
2 Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94123
Booth #84

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.

Colorblock Polka Dot Shirt Dress

JLD Colorblock Polka Dot Shirt Dress 1My favorite part of the design process is fabric selection. For this new spring shirt dress design, I paired a crisp, luxury cotton shirting fabric by Burberry with a contrasting hand-dyed blue cotton for the outer cuff layer. To further add interest to the overall design, I chose glazed marine blue buttons to highlight the polka dot print.

JLD Colorblock Polka Dot Shirt Dress 2

I styled the look with a mix of longtime accessory finds that have been sitting in my closet (and that have also moved back and forth with me across the country), including a vintage black leather Coach handbag and (possibly vintage) powder coated white floral earrings from Steven Alan.

JLD Colorblock Polka Dot Shirt Dress 3

I also styled the look with three of my favorite go-to accessories:
1. Large red hair barrette by Sylvain Le Hen, made in France and inspired by sensual organic forms,
2. Whimsical multicolored ikat socks by Bonne Maison, made with high quality Egyptian cotton spun in Italy, and
3. Dieppa Restrepo black leather Dandy flats from Totokaelo.

JLD Colorblock Polka Dot Shirt Dress 4

As for design details, I oftentimes find button cuffs to be a little restrictive, especially when I want to roll up my sleeves. Thus, I decided to draft a three-quarter sleeve with a full slit cuff for more freedom and less fuss. (Plus, you can still see a peek of the polka dot fabric sewn as the inner cuff layer.)

JLD Colorblock Polka Dot Shirt Dress 5

This dress was recently featured in my latest article for Britex Fabrics, which includes a button placket pattern drafting tutorial written by yours truly. For order inquiries of this new dress style, please contact us at jamielaudesigns@gmail.com.