Maiyet’s design team looked to the photographic work of Josef Koudelka, who documented gypsies around the world in the Sixties, for a collection focused on movement. The idea was interpreted physically in the prints and traditional techniques, and conceptually through the notions of time and travel.
Staying true to the values of the brand and celebrating sustainable craftsmanship, the collection comprised artisanal partnerships from around the world. The dip dye of a pair of indigo pants came from a village of “indigo grandmas” in Thailand, and could be paired with a hand-batiked silk top from Indonesia. The mix of prints is a chic result of Maiyet’s global outreach. The overall idea is integration of rare techniques into modern clothes for a sense of authenticity.
With the idea of travel, the batik prints depicted a fragmented landscape. A second hand-painted print made in Zambia was baked as a heat sealant. With a nod toward the notion of time, there were plenty of essentials to cross generations, lightly referencing the wardrobe of the traveling gypsies. Slipdress hemlines, riffing on images of gypsies hiking up their skirts, were paired with a hand-crochet belt crafted in Bolivia. As a styling piece, the wrap belt could instantly add a playful layer to any outfit.
Other classics included men’s wear-inspired blazers and shirting with hand-stitched details, Mongolian cashmere and a peacoat.