Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

wILLIAM BUTLER YEATS

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ABOUT THE GEORGE COLLECTION

I grew up with a black and gold singer sewing machine in the house, and from an early age, watched fabric come to life in my Mother's hands and transform into 3-d clothes worn by my siblings and I.

I also love and adore classical music and have played  stringed instruments from the age of 7. Here's me with my beloved 300 yr old cello.I dreamt during lockdown, of wearing this gorgeous jacquard Irish linen coat to my next classical concert...

Recent events have led to many brands looking inward at their structures and institutions. One such brand published an article on 'hidden' black composers. For the first time, I met Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de St George.

 

So this coat of beautiful jacquard linen, which I orginally nick-named the Mozart coat, has since been renamed the George collection as a tribute to two Georges that I never knew, yet have impacted me so deeply.

Look Good. Do Good.

art to wear

The Cathy Read Collection

Cathy Read's art is daring, striking, and as a Londoner, born and bred, I adore gazing at Cathy's iconic art that captures familiar London venues from unusual angles and perspectives.

When Cathy and I first sat at the computer to experiment and mock up the first fabric designs, we immediately fell for the results and could have easily spent days exploring the many variations.

 

Hang the painting. Wear the art. 

Why not?

Cathy Read drive-by art gallery

7 reasons to change your clothing habits

1.

The UN reported that the fashion industry produces more carbon emissions than avaiation and shipping combined. Emissions are set to grow 63% by 2030

2.

According to the 2017 Wrap report, between 10,000-20,000 litres of water are used to produce 1 pair jeans and 1 shirt

3.

According to the Pulse of Fashion report in 2015, the fashion industry was responsible for 1.7m tonnes of CO2 emissions

4.

1 wash load of polyester clothes can release 700,000 microplastic fibres into the environment

5.

Microfibres from synthetics are a mojor contributor to microplastic pollution - a 2019 Bangor University survey of UK rivers and lakes, found microplastics at all locations tested.

6.

Polyester made from fossil fuels , is non biodegradable.

7.

It is estimated that .5 million tonnes of these microfibres end up in the sea each year.

KAIA Sustainability Values

design, inspiration, collaboration

NATIONAL TRUST

 STOWE

National Trust, Stowe were amazingly supportive to KAIA Clothing throughout our shoot and we can't thank them enough. If, like us, you've fallen in love with the location, we'd highly recommend you booking a day here to explore this fascinating and beautiful world. Afternoon tea is also very good!

design

philosophy

What we wear tells a story,  whether or not we agree that it should be so. Our clothes begin to tell our story before we've spoken a word.

KAIA  begins that story for you, with a relaxed, confident, yet daring style, with striking simplicity that allows you to style each look to suit your personality, size and gender.

I love natural, sustainable fabrics that breathe with you and respect our planet. The aim is to show off your confidence, creativity and presence. I especially love to wear clothes from the shoulder, so many of our designs will swing gently and with an air of confidence, providing freedom and comfort, with gentle soft bamboos and crunchy, chunky, woven linens that are surprisingly warm.

Also, there are no zips or hard waistbands in this collection. Everything moves and breathes with you. 

©2020 by KAIA Clothing