on one of my very first trips to the rose bowl flea market, i stumbled upon this odd beauty…
i was excited about it for a few reasons.
1. i instantly fell in love with the colors and the pattern
2. the tattered label said that it was from the egon von furstenberg collection
3. it was still considered “winter” in most parts and i assumed that this chunky, navy, cool-patterned, ski lodge, designer sweater would be snatched up immediately.
it sat by itself in the shop for weeks. i even dropped the price during a sale…
but it sat…and sat.
many items were pulled from the closet and whisked off to new homes while our bulky sweater friend hung lonely and sad…
then one day, a lovely lady named jaimeebee came along and snatched it up!
she ooo’d and ahhh’d and mentioned that she’s a clothing designer and that the sweater is going up on her fall inspiration board!
naturally, i was interested to see her “work”, so i asked if she had a website.
she explained to me that her husband owns ambiguous (clothing) and split. she also has a blog (crabtastic) and offers craft classes in orange county!
we emailed back and forth a few times, i started following her blog and she occasionally visits mine! (see how easily friends can be made?!)
more recently, she mentioned that she would be sending me a few pictures of the sweater…
i assumed this meant they’d be photos of her IN the sweater, hanging out with her adorable family on a random weekend outing…
wrong! (in a good way, wrong!)
this is what she meant…
do you see that?! the sweater is making it’s debut in the SPLIT GIRL FALL 2011 look book/catalogue!
how cool is that?? this is what it’s all about, people!
i may not have created that sweater, but i pulled it from a dusty, moth-eaten pile of vintage clothing at the flea market. and if it weren’t for me, jaimee wouldn’t have found it, and in turn might not have found some of the inspiration she was looking for! yay!
i just think it’s so cool.
here’s a little background on split, via jaimee…
her hubby started the brand SPLIT in college and i guess the girl’s brand was pretty dope in the early 2000s. however, he ended up leaving the company in 2006. eventually, the other partners closed the brand (except for the swim line, which is still selling) and her hubby was able to obtain the company once again!
(to read jaimee’s post, click here)
currently, they are in the process of relaunching a men’s and women’s clothing line for fall 2011!
pay attention…are you ready? here’s the coolest part…
the line is vintage inspired!!
(apparently, the orig label was mainly skate/surf/swim focused.)
here are a few more photos…
are you dying?! i am. i can’t wait. i think this line is going to be fantastic!
be on the lookout for SPLIT GIRL in spring/summer of 2011.
and go visit jaimee’s blog! she offers craft tutorials, shares photos of her fave vintage finds and posts photos of her adorable daughter, ava! (omg, she’s so freaking cute.)
jaimee, thank you thank you thank you for giving this sweater a home and a second shot at life. ha!
i’ve enjoyed getting to know you and i’m totes excited about your designs…keep up the rad work!
**the photos in this post were borrowed from jaimee**
thanks for reading!