Artist Feature: Lauren Bisaccio
We are so excited that we had the opportunity to collaborate with @laurenbisacciodesign, a New York-based artist and print designer, to bring you these beautiful Christmas styles in a timeless toile print. This timeless toile is a sweet addition to your child's Christmas wardrobe, and we know these will be the outfits your children get excited to put their own children in years down the road. The soft green is Perfect for Christmas card photos, Christmas programs at school, or Christmas Eve services.
About The Collaboration
When thinking about what she wanted for the Christmas Collection, Elizabeth was on the hunt for someone to design a beautiful, yet unexpected Christmas pattern to feature in the latest collection. She sought something unique, yet timeless. What better way to achieve this than with a custom Christmas Toile. Lauren Bisaccio who has designed fabrics for many brands that Elizabeth loves, worked with Elizabeth’s long list of ideas she had been brainstorming to come up with this!
She loved the subtle idea of Toile for Christmas, but wanted something ‘jolly’, too. She wanted to feature reindeer, Santa, and snowy vignettes for that true Christmas feel. Lauren fell in love with the Christmas idea, and painted the most beautiful watercolor Christmas-inspired Toile that has quickly become a fan favorite! We’re loving seeing the photos of your kiddos in this collection.
How long have you been painting? Tell us more about you.
I’ve been painting and drawing for as long as I can remember so I guess I’ve always been an artistic person but didn’t view myself truly as ‘an artist’ until I started working in fashion. I started seeing a shift for myself and my professional ambitions mostly in college. I drifted onto this predominantly artistic path pretty organically. I was obsessive and passionate about smaller, more creative assignments for elective courses and projects as opposed to the course load associated with my major. As a result I started to choose more fine art & design classes and switched majors from Architecture to Surface Pattern Design. Growing up in Syracuse, New York (a smaller town than Manhattan for sure) I had never even heard of such a major or career. It was so exciting to learn that I could paint and design for the rest of my life!
What's the inspiration behind the design of the Christmas Collection?
Well, having a 3 year old daughter myself I know how hard it can be to find the perfect synergy between chic, classic, fun & festive!! Each category is equally as important and above all else you want your child to totally love the clothing they are wearing as much as you do. The elements within this print were designed with specific intentions. From the jolly smiling Santa for the excited toddler who's been writing letters to the North Pole to the more elegant holly and winter deer scenes for the parents looking for something a little more sophisticated. I had so much fun working with Elizabeth on this one. We discussed the synergy of fun & chic at length and really invested in each painting and color story. This print was really created with so much love and intention. My daughter will definitely be wearing it this year….considering ordering sizes for years to come if I’m being honest!!!
Can you give us a glimpse of the process of bringing these beautiful designs together?
I typically start by sketching then compiling inspiring images for the project. I’ll look through books and current runways to make sure that we are on trend and then consider brand appropriate iterations of those trends I.e. a Mansur Gavriel palette may be highly inspiring but a little subtle and tonal for a childrenswear capsule. It’s important to me as a designer to tie back to current trends and establish relevance in the market. My style and signature is important but the brand integrity is key. I will then paint, scan, design and review! The most time consuming part of the process is the planning because once all the pieces align then the fun starts and everything usually falls into place!
Your style in a few words?
What a hard question!! It’s so hard for me to identify my style because it’s like a signature. It’s too personal, I love experimenting with new styles and lastly I’m too close to my work. I so respect realism and love creating pieces like that but at this point I’d say my projects have been much more whimsical. I love to mix in a high fashion element that feels illustrative in anything I do. I love to stay classic but then crave edgy modern painting!
Most recent IG saves:
This is not specific but I usually save a lot of inspiring travel locations on my design account. I love creating a story behind the prints and artwork I create so it’s important to dive into that world while I’m working. If we’re creating a Parisian print you better believe I’m listening to Jill Barber…
What are you reading/what podcast are you listening to? What are you listening to while you're painting?
I’m pretty all over the place here. I love a good fun/conversational pop culture podcasts though. I found The Taylor Strecker show years ago and have made it a part of my routine. It’s amazing because there are so many different co-hosts, so you get so many different perspectives. Working from home can be isolating so it’s nice to hear all those same silly but inspiring voices! When I’m looking for music it just so depends on the mood and the project! I love a good Spotify playlist though.
Pencil or paintbrush?
Oh definitely paintbrush - and watercolors at that. I fell in love with the medium. It’s so fluid, fun and elegant.
We hear there are some more exciting prints coming with your collaboration with Ann + Reeves, can you give us a sneak peek into the Spring Florals Collection?
All I can say here is I am dying for this drop as a Mom! I cannot get enough for my daughter! What I will say is I am truly excited for the alphabet print to drop!
For babies and toddlers alike, our Jon Jon is a fan-favorite, with hand-smocking and buttons for easy on-and-off.
Perfect for your little girl, our Annie Bubble offers a roomy fit with a hand-smocked bishop neckline we know you love.
Our Henry Bubble is a favorite for baby boys, with handsome collar detailing and snaps for effortless changing.
The Emmie Dress is a great option for your growing girl, with your favorite bishop neckline for longer wear.
A classic look for boys of all ages, the Bobby Suit features a crisp top that fastens to printed shorts for a complete look.
What Is Toile?
Marc Jacobs, in his Master Class, deep dives Toile: The word “toile” comes from the French word for linen cloth. The word is shortened from the full name toile de Jouy, which means linen or cloth from the town of Jouy-en-Josas, in the suburbs of Paris. Toile de Jouy was a specific type of linen printed with romantic, pastoral patterns in a single color—usually black, blue, or red—on an unbleached fabric. Although the word toile means fabric, the word toile has evolved to also refer to the original design aesthetic of the fabric. Toile designs are popular for non-fabric items like wallpaper and fine china.
The printed textile quickly became popular across France, when the German-born Christophe-Philipe Oberkampf worked with the prolific designer Jean-Baptiste Huet, who is responsible for several of the historical patterns of the cloth. Those initial designs were single-color prints on a white background featuring pastoral scenes, vignettes with people from the French country, and references to European mythology. The subject matter has changed over time, but Huet’s classic, provincial aesthetic and simple, single-color design remains the standard for toile today.
The Christmas Toile is the very first design by Lauren for Ann + Reeves Kids, though, her floral work was what prompted Elizabeth reached out. She liked how tight the florals were together & appreciated the sweet, soft colors that are perfect for babies. The size of the floral matters when dressing little ones, due to the designs of the cloths - featuring ruffles & florals. Lauren took these details into account when scaling the florals, and we can’t wait to launch this everyday spring collection, coming soon!
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