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This men’s leather vest is meant to do double duty – stage and real life. For a rock n’ roll icon, ‘natch!
The original concept went thru minor changes – originally the client thought they wanted a subtler look so the original sketch was swatched with a grainy and smooth combo in black, the clients favorite color. I wanted him to stand out more – he is a drummer and always behind a big kit – solid black is just deadly there!
So I handed him swatches of the leathers that ended up being used. A rich, reddish cognac brown and a golden tan lambskin. Keeping the body in black (and well within the clients comfort zone!) the flames changed only in color & just slightly dimensionally – from the original pencil sketch.
I love designing these graphic and fluid appliqués and I am often inspired by iconic hot rod art and Celtic tattoo forms when I want to design an element that works with the shape of the garment. These elements usually wind up wrapping around the body like a tattoo, but in leather. Here the flames wrap over & hug the wearer’s shoulders.
I don’t create sketches for every single garment, but when I do they are our working sketches. At whatever iteration and no matter how rough the sketch is. Things may change some during the course of fittings but your map is there…EMail Us!