Good Night, Day
A little while ago when I was asked to shoot some pieces for Field Trip, I was lucky enough to wear one of Tara-Lynn Morrison's hand knit welland merino sweaters. The sweater was beautiful, and I could see how much love had put into it. I was so eager to meet Tara and I did at the pop-up shop. She is so talented, and impossibly sweet. And though it hasn't been long, I feel like I've known her and Jason forever. In fact I realized I even own one of Jason's illustrations. After meeting up for coffee at Mulberry one afternoon, Tara explained she was looking to take the then YarnOverMovement in a new direction. Think luxury wool, new shapes, a fresh colour palette and an updated look. I loved the idea and had to be involved. After tossing around ideas Tara landed on Good Night, Day as the name of her new label, inspired by her favourite book Good Morning, Midnight, by Jean Rhys.
Tara-Lynn asked me if I would wear the pre-fall pieces for the photos on her online shop. And though I'm incredibly awkward as Jacklyn knows, when it comes to being in photos, I agreed. Plus she said I didn't have to brush my hair or wear makeup. Bonus! We made the trek to Toronto, and with Robber as our studio, I was free to style the looks with any of the pieces there. Well hello Phillip Sparks high waisted denim..
I should mention that I am extremely clumsy. Ask anyone who knows me. So I felt completely at ease with Tara-Lynn when we knocked over the lighting about ten times.
What I admire most is that Tara hand knits each piece using hand spun alpaca, merino & lambs wool and focuses on bringing out the textures in each design. Each design is nearly seamless which gives lets them drape beautifully and the wool sits softly on your skin. She purchases the Uruguayan wool from Abuelita Yarns, a family run company who uses natural dyes to achieve the gorgeous colours. And her colour palette for pre-fall is right in line with what I'm wearing right now. Think hand dyed plum, coral, peach, grey, black and creme. My favourite piece is the welland merino sweater in deep grey. I love the texture of the thick and thin wool. Or maybe the markham alpaca loop collar in lynx. Or maybe all of it. Seriously!
I am so excited to see what Tara-Lynn designs for fall. We've been talking about vests and oversized cableknit sweaters. I may even co-design a piece, and as such I'm doing my best to learn the terminology, i.e. drop stitches. See! And we've been working together to source leather labels and new hangtags. Oh, it's just so much fun. Check out Tara-Lynn's blog to follow her creative process and inspiration for her upcoming fall collection!
Good Night, Day