Isabel Amyo: Women fashion designer for almost 10 years now.
I had an unusual career. After having been Assistant Director, I wanted to realize my childhood dream by becoming a fashion designer.
Full of motivation and energy I have taken training to hone my skills as an autodidact.
I worked in several fashion house in Paris, and now after having two beautiful boys I decided to run only in creating my own brand.
Let my creations enchant you and I would be most happy.
Sweet slips to let peek out from under your skirts.
A Slip Shop: I am Kaity and I love fashion and creating. And, to my very supportive husband’s dismay, I love trying new things and DIYing myself through life. I can’t say that I have any specific hobbies or loves (other than my husband and adorable children and, well, fashion, and oreo blizzards, and…okay, so maybe I’m not completely accurate here.), mainly because my hobbies and interests are always changing and evolving.
I don’t know why, but I’ve got travel on my mind more than ever these days. Maybe it’s the temperatures increasing ever so slightly and the sun peeking out from behind the clouds. Or possibly, it’s also the not so distant memories of snow and that we’re still wearing coats and gloves most days. (Screenprinted T’s from New Duds.)
Whatever the reason – there’s probably nothing more fun to daydream about then time away in beautiful places. I have two trips on the horizon, that I am hoping will happen within the next year. One to Maui, and one to Paris. Neither are confirmed yet, but that hasn’t stopped me from doing a little bit of research to see where my top places to go in each city are. Maui would be all about hiking, eco-tourism and time at the beach for me!
In Paris – La Duree for some sensational macaroons, Versailles in all it’s splendour, and biking in the French countryside are all top of my list.
And being the fashion loving girl that I am, I started to think of what clothing I’d want for these trips! For Maui, brightly colored lightweight dresses, tank tops and bikinis. For Paris, breezy romantic dresses and clothing in sweet pastels….
I thought I’d take a peek around Supermarket at some great indie fashion – matching each outfit with a fun getaway destination.
First up, these cute screenprinted t-shirts at the top of this post from New Duds! Almost instantly, they had me thinking Road Trip. T’s are always comfy for long trips in the car, with a stop at a cozy roadside dinner or a fun pub for lunch or dinner.
The Pastorius Dress from Dressed in Yellow makes me think of New York!
Lekkerlife Clothing offers this oh so cute black and white pleated skirt that says vintage California to me – I can just see myself wearing this great ensemble, top down, driving around in a classic car.
Finally – this gorgeous organic cotton dress from Gina Michelle has me thinking of Paris. This dramatic little number looks perfect for a candlelit dinner at a raucous restaurant!
Have you started shopping for spring and summer clothes yet? Any fun finds?
Wearing your boyfriend’s clothes is one of those fashion trends that keeps coming back year after year in one form or another. Sure, it sounds easy enough – just throw on your man’s collared shirt – but for those of us who aren’t fashion models, this trend can be difficult to pull off. Those over-sized collared shirts can easily create a messy, even frumpy look. For women in need of something more tailored, there are plenty of handmade artists creating pieces that will keep you on trend, but still looking chic and pulled together.
I just love the look of this tunic by Ma chemise d’homme. Made from a man’s collared shirt, you still get the comfort and relaxed look that is typical of the boyfriend trend, but the round neckline, puffed sleeves and contrasting bias tape add subtle touches of femininity. Ma chemise d’homme’s entire shop features women’s clothing made from upcycled menswear and some of her designs are truly surprising – a must see.
If you love the relaxed look of boyfriend jeans, but are looking for something a little more tailored, the Charlie Pants by Three Little Ducks may be just what you had in mind. With a relaxed fit and flattering pleating across the front, these pants combine masculine tailored details with a feminine cut and fit, and could be easily dressed up for a night out or worn out while running errands.
This acorn yellow satchel by breagha is another great combination of masculine and feminine details. The leather shoulder strap and detailing along with the boxy shape mimic more masculine messenger bags while the bright yellow color and compact size make it perfect for female body types and taste. Made from tweed woven in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, this bag is both unique and utilitarian.
The sweet print featured at the top of this post was created by Sparklehen.
What is your craft / art / creative endeavor?
I am a fashion designer who is out to create fashion that you can’t buy in any one store. I am inspired by so many things which I think is reflected in my shop. I am also the seamstress of my art. I get to know my pieces very well by the end and pretty much want to tell anyone who buys the piece my process behind it. Sometimes I feel I end up as a storyteller also.
How did you get started? Have you worked in other creative areas before the kind of work you’re doing now?
I have known since high school I wanted to go into fashion. I got my BA in theater Costume Design and then proceeded to go into fashion school. After working a bit more in theater I started participating in small fashion shows and making my corsets. After a while someone mentioned etsy and I have been working on my etsy and doing art shows.
Is there a story behind the name of your shop?
Shawk is a combination of my last name and my husbands. One of our theater friends came up with it and we thought it was great. We thought it worked on so many levels. Great for a fashion name and great for his last name because he is a lighting designer working with electricity.
Do you work alone? With a team? Do you engage your family or friends in the work? What is your process? How do you ensure you get your work done yet still have a life?
I mostly work alone. My husband gets to hear all my ideas and encourages me constantly. He also lets me know if my ideas are just crazy. Usually right before a large craft fair my husband and I (sometimes friends too!) sit on a couch together grommeting corsets, tagging clothes and doing last minute prep work.
My friends and family also give a good deal of support. I defiantly need it as I always need to be reminded that brakes actually make you more productive in the long run….
Where do you sell your work? Which venues are your favorites? Do you prefer selling online or in person? Do you attend shows or fairs? Is your work in a gallery or brick-and-mortar store?
I mostly sell online during the year on etsy.
But I do some shows and find I am more successful at that. I want to find some small stores to start having stuff in.
I love selling in person. I love meeting my customer and putting them in a corset. I love the reactions I get!
Do you have any favorite handmade shops or sellers?
I just got back in touch with a friend from college. He was an amazing scenic designer and welder. He just opened up shop on etsy and he stuff is so creative! He is also pursuing his passion in art and learning tons about sculpture work too!
Its so inspiriting to look at his awesome creations!
What inspires and motivates you?
Inspiration can come from anywhere. Sometimes an abandoned shack on the side of a road, a picture of paris, one piece of lace, a piece of fabric or a neat pattern in the sky. I don’t look for inspiration in something, it tells me what it wants to morph into.
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