At Emily McNair, we are lucky enough to work with some amazing textile designers who use our expertise in pattern cutting and dressmaking to bring their creations to life. One such is the towering talent that is KJS Studio who creates wonderful prints inspired by travels to South East Asia. This week sees the launch of KJS’ latest collection, the aptly named “Paradise Found” and it is truly heavenly! The prints are all reminiscent of a hazy, romantic trip to the tropics. The palette is beautifully broad but perfectly balanced with delicate mauve and deep burgundy through to golden amber and marine blue, topped off with the KJS signature pop of neon or fresh mint green trim.
The collection includes the first swimwear and crossbody bags produced by KJS as well as a couple of familiar styles but in new prints. Our favourites are the El Nido Silk Kimono, the Golden Hour Box Dress and for a splash of colour in the home, the Boracay cushion. Look out also for new styles of bags and pouches. The prints themselves are designed by KJS, we come in at a fairly early stage to make the garment patterns. We then work with KJS to make samples or “toiles” and then any pattern adjustments can be made before we grade the patterns into sizes. After that, final samples can be made which are then used to photograph the items for use on the website. The development stage can take anything from a couple of weeks to several months depending on the body of work involved and we enjoy the process of working closely with the KJS team to perfect each silhouette.
We are always delighted to be asked to do this type of work, beavering away behind the scenes, using our skills to compliment those of the designers who hire us and we just love to see the final results launched. We’re wishing KJS Studio all the best with the collection – we think it’s completely stunning.
Paradise Found and other collections from KJS Studio can be found here: KJS STUDIO