My inspiration for a collection normally begins with a memory or place from the past. I start thinking of the next collection a year ahead. After we launched our SS20 collection in February of 2020 I breathed a sigh of relief. Then, as March of 2020 rolled in it seemed our world turned upside down. I pulled Aiden from school and we celebrated his birthday with a room full of balloons and friends behind a screen door. Life felt unpredictable and uncertain. All of a sudden I was left with a business to run by myself, a toddler at home and no family or friends nearby.
I knew we needed to simply our routine. I found that Aiden and I would have better days if we could go outside. We walked by the river, watched the winter thaw and Spring bloom. We took solace in what was in front of us and lived in the moment. I delighted in my child’s view of the world. In these daily moments of being present I was reminded of how Henry David Thorough went to live a simpler life By Walden Pond and subsequently wrote Walden. I knew to keep Lali moving forward and the message of Walden felt like a staring point. A place of optimism and hope. Grounded not in the past, a collection out of time and place, Lali's AW21 collection is celebration of transformation of uncertainty into reflection, calm, and the steadfastness of drawing things dear to you close and closer.
“We need the tonic of wildness” - Henry David Thoreau, Walden
My little family and I were embracing the solitude we were given and finding a season to rest in nature, in pursuit of a deeper integrity as we peeled back the layers of our lives. This flowed into Lali AW21, and I felt that our lives had been pruned and our burdens lightened. It’s a collection that celebrates the growth of the individual, awakening deeper intentionality in design, in fibers, in the weaving of the stories that fold and flow into a childhood, a life.
“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.” - Henry David Thoreau, Walden
I have found that through the veil of loss there is new, and a wild increase on what I can create and share with you. I welcome you to explore our AW22 collection. It’s deeply rooted in hope and introspection, and its creation has felt transcendental. I can’t wait to see what you do.
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” - Henry David Thoreau