Back in October of 2019, after shooting what is now our first-ever lookbook, I decided I wanted to use the images to somehow create a special gift for everyone that was so willing to support Classic Six before it was even a tangible thing. I was brainstorming one afternoon with my mom when we came up with the idea to create fashion illustrations of the lookbook and print them on a silk scarf---kind of like a piece of art that was also a wearable reminder of all the ways you can style Classic Six.
I only had about a month and a half to get this done before our official pre-sale. Could we pull it off?
Obviously I was going to commission my mom to do the illustrations. I didn’t have to beg. She was totally on board- always willing to help me with my schemes.
I quickly sent her all of my selects from the shoot and two weeks later she produced 25 of the most special and gorgeous fashion illustrations I'd ever seen.
From there, I laid out the design of our scarf and sent to a digital fabric printer here in NYC that I found by total mistake when taking an elevator to a meeting and getting off at the wrong floor! And just like that, we had yards of silk twill adorned with these beautiful illustrations of the collection. Talk about special.
I’ve written about my mom before in this article. Among the many pieces she has made for me over the years, she also made my wedding gown. The process of designing my gown was actually a major catalyst for me in starting this brand. It was truly a vision that came to life, and a feeling I needed to continue to replicate.
Her talents go far beyond sewing. She is the most creative and truly gifted person I've ever known. Before I was born, she was an Art Director for an advertising agency called SSC&B. Back in the 80’s everything was done by hand; hand-drawn; adhered with glue; using scratch on letters. Growing up, I was always in awe. It's fascinating now to think about the amount of skill required then to do what I do today using a computer. Years later, she is still at it, taking ideas to paper and making visions a reality.
I love this illustration above that she did about 6 months before I was born. I remember her white drafting table, and even the lamp that attached to the side. It makes me so happy that we are now creating together. I guess we are living proof that in the advertising business, and now fashion business, two heads ARE better than one. ;)