Shabd for Sakura Bloom // A History
The story of #sakurabloomxshabd has been a great one.
From early 2014 when we first began our collaboration with Shabd Simon-Alexander, renowned textile artist and designer, in her Brooklyn studio, we knew that we were working on something incredibly special. We planned over tea, celebrated over champagne, and watched the beautifully dyed pieces come together, knowing how unique what we were creating really was.
Shabd is filled to the brim with incredible creativity and a unique understanding and perspective on dyes and colors, so we were so excited for the opportunity to see her design magic on the Sakura Bloom sling canvas. We watched with excitement as the pieces came together beautifully.
In July 2014, with huge excitement, we released our first 18 custom, hand-dyed silk slings by Shabd for Sakura Bloom, each one beautifully unique and dyed as a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. And in August later that year, we released the remaining 24 silk custom, one-of-a-kind Sakura Bloom x Shabd slings.
In October, wanting to provide an opportunity to our wonderful brick and mortar retailers to carry Shabd's beautiful designs, we introduced the Belgian linen Shabd Shibori Collection, featuring 4 different geometric patterns designed using the centuries-old Japanese dying technique in rich hues of blue, and each one hand-dyed in the Brooklyn studio and sold exclusively through Sakura Bloom retailers.
There are 13 remaining Shabd for Sakura Bloom slings, 10 Pure linen and 3 Essential linen, which we've been saving for a special occasion, each one created in previously unseen designs and colors, and each one one-of-a-kind... read more about this final collection here.
About the Artist:
Shabd Simon-Alexander is an internationally renowned textile artist and fashion designer whose work has been featured at high-end boutiques and art museums around the world. From her acclaimed collection SHABD, locally made in NYC's garment district and dyed by hand in her Brooklyn studio, to teaching classes and workshops around the world as a professor of Textiles at Pratt Institute, Shabd's resume includes a handful of highly curated collaborations and accolates and features in countless magazines, newspapers and blogs, including The New York Times, Nylon, Martha Stewart Living, W, Elle, Marie Claire, Lucky, Teen Vogue, Bust, Refinery29, Daily Candy, Time Out, New York Magazine, Modern Painters, Dossier and Black Book, as well as in TV and film, as well as features in books such as Brooklyn Makers, Shibori Recreated, Sight Unseen: Paper View and Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present. Her first book, Tie-Dye: Dye it, Wear it, Share it, was released by Random House in 2013 to a reception at the Whitney Museum.