Feral Childe is the bi-coastal collaboration of designers Alice Wu and Moriah Carlson (respectively of Oakland, California and New York City). Based in Brooklyn with the collection produced in New York City, Feral Childe is a fresh take on the symbiosis of comfortable and forward-thinking styling mixed with almost poetic graphics and lots of color.
Their spring 09′ Collection, called Yosemite, is inspired by the natural world there: from the 3,000 foot, towering El Capitan in the heart of the park to crackling campfires and Alice’s first visit to Yosemite after moving to the Bay Area in 2006.
Easy-to-wear shapes are patterned out of organic cotton chambray, hemp cotton, tencel and silk modal jersey while oversized textile prints are designed by Feral Childe and hand-printed in Brooklyn. Each step of production is done locally with the dye house, printers and the cutting and sewing done in the historic Garment District in Manhattan.
The designers claim that their collections are in line with the philosophy of making do with what is at hand, and true to the label’s name – “Feral,” meaning wild and untamed, and embodying the spirit of survival in the big city; and “Childe” for the playful, narrative references that make the theme for each collection a story or a place.
I just love the fact I can wear a collection named after a place out west.