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okan arts leggings for all

okan arts leggings for all

By Patricia Belyea

NOTE: Bombsheller is no longer in business.

SEATTLE WA  My brilliant daughter Victoria orchestrated the complete development of the Okan Arts legging collection at Bombsheller. She led a multi-stepped process to bring her idea to fruition.
Okan Arts leggings at BombshellerTo start, the 25-year old visited Bombsheller’s office in Seattle to chat with president Pablos and creative director Nick about using vintage Japanese textile designs for a leggings collection.

With a nod of approval from Bombsheller, Victoria picked out seven yukata cottons from Okan Arts Shop. One-meter lengths of the cotton were delivered to the photography studio of Art & Soul to capture the motifs digitally.
Okan Arts leggings at BombshellerVictoria worked with graphic designer Victor Canlas to adapt the motifs to the leggings’ body forms. One pattern, Hiro, needed to be completely redrawn as the repeating geometrics were not square.

She named each legging style after our family’s Japanese home-stay students and some of our friends in Tokyo.

Victoria’s final task was to set up a shoot with Bombsheller photographer Jazzlyn Stone. With a lazy Sunday morning concept, Victoria assembled the models, leggings, accessories, and, of course, food. Her location choice? The cedar deck and backyard of our home.

Okan Arts leggings at Bombsheller

When the shoot finished up, Victoria gave all the models the inspiration fabric for their leggings.
Okan Arts legging collection at Bombsheller

The Okan Arts leggings range in size from XS to 2X.

Once an order arrives at Bombsheller, bluesign-certified stretch fabric from Italy—totally opaque, moisture wicking, fast dry, soft and breathable—is printed with dye-sublimation. Then the leggings are cut out and sewn to order.

Okan Arts legging collection at Bombsheller

Thank you to our models: Ashley and baby Hazel, Ivy, Taylor, and Travis. And to our photographer: Jazzlyn Stone.

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91 comments to “okan arts leggings for all”

  1. Janet Mullin says:

    Going out to lunch with friends.

  2. Pat says:

    I would wear them when I take my dogs for a walk around my neighborhood.

  3. Rhonda says:

    If I had a pair of these beautiful leggings, I would wear them under a short dress to a summer picnic. Of course lounging looks great, too, but they’re too beautiful to just keep at home. Show the world!

  4. Robin Shilman says:

    I would rather for walking, shopping, casual outings and maybe even work.

  5. Susan Zakanycz says:

    I would wear them for walking.

  6. This is brilliantly creative. Good job!!

  7. Vicki says:

    They are lovely! I would wear them Thanksgiving morning, while preparing the feast!

  8. Karen Smith says:

    I love the leggings! Great idea Victoria! I would wear the leggings out and about, and while teaching art at the elementary school.

  9. Regina Thomsen says:

    Where would one NOT wear these leggings???!!! What a beautiful way to express the love of these fabric designs in modern day. I would wear these everyday, anywhere! Thank you for the background story of the leggings.

  10. Jackie says:

    For quilting of course!!!

  11. karen bianchini says:

    I would wear them anytime I would want to feel totally comfy and very chic

  12. Sally Mayer says:

    I love to wear leggings with tunic tops.

  13. karen bianchini says:

    anytime I wanted to be totally comfy and totally chic

  14. Judy Reed says:

    I would wear them to impress my daughters that I can update my wardrobe. They probably will buy these for themselves.

  15. Susan Wolcott says:

    Yoga. Not original but the truth.

  16. K Jill Varnell says:

    CAn’t think of an activity that these leggings would NOT be appropriate!

  17. Rita Romeu says:

    Yoga, yoga, yoga!

  18. Andrea Bursaw says:

    Yoga for sure, quilting for certain, wherever I can get by with them. And I will bring pix for all who want to know where they can be found!

  19. Marilynn D-R says:

    I would wear Bombsheller, Oakan Arts leggings to quilt guild meetings, to quilt shows and just about any place. They are so cool.

  20. Elizabeth Eisenhood says:

    If I won the leggings, I would wear them to my weekly tai chi class! Tai chi moves my energy, these leggings would boost my color-joy.

  21. debby says:

    super cool! I would wear them to the next quilt show I attend! And the drawing is on my birthday, so it would be extra fun to win them.

  22. Pat says:

    Love the colours and patterns of the leggings! The patterns are beautiful!!

  23. Kae Eagling says:

    I would sew to my heart’s content!

  24. Shirley Whitcomb says:

    Leggings are something new to me but they look so comfortable I would probably start by wearing them around the house.

  25. Frieda Grischkowsky says:

    If I was a winner, I would wear the leggings when I work out at the Gym, at home to lounge in, or for a casual outing pairing the leggings with a tunic length top.

  26. Pam says:

    How beautiful! I would wear these to work with a navy or denim dress. Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. Linda Fleming says:

    I’d wear them with a tunic top around the house and out walking.

  28. Valerie Gleeson says:

    I would gift the leggings to my daughter who runs daily

  29. Marilyn Waite says:

    Love leggings,,and they’ve only gotten better! If they are as comfortable as they look I’d wear them daily becoming part of my uniform!

  30. Jennifer Snyder says:

    I would wear my new beautiful leggings in my orchid nursery, OrchidPeople, while I was cutting huge stems of Cymbidium orchids for the florists on the Big Island of Hawaii. I own and operate my nursery with my husband.

  31. Laura DeLang says:

    Wow! Love the patterns and colors! I would wear those leggings everywhere. They are beautiful. Grocery shopping, running errands, and quilting.

  32. Alice Ronne says:

    I would wear those beautiful leggings anywhere, especially while dancing at Obon festivals during the summer months. Keeping my culture alive but with a modern spin! Thanks for the generous giveaway!

  33. Hester Tinti says:

    I would wear the Okan Arts leggings to dance around the house. They are so lovely!

  34. Emma H says:

    I’d wear them everywhere, they could be dressed up for an evening out, or just worn to relax around the house.

  35. Kaye koler says:

    EVERYTHING but showering! Oh my these are just wonderful!!

  36. Betsy says:

    I would wear them everywhere……but I like wearing leggings under a skirt and these would compliment that style for sure. Would like to win but if not I might have to buy.

  37. Brenda says:

    I’ve always been rather shy about form fitting clothes. I would love to just wear them around the house. But if I had a really special occasion and came up with the perfect (longer) top to wear, I’d certainly consider wearing them out. The first time would be the hardest, but these are so special they deserve to be shown off!

  38. Nadine Nakano says:

    I would wear them to walk, to see movie, out to lunch, it would be cute with an overlay tunic/tshirt. Lovely style.

  39. Susan Grancio says:

    Wow, these leggings are totally amazing! I would wear them all the time, including while I’m working in my studio as my legs are always cold iindoors in the chilly NoCA winter!

  40. Veronica says:

    These leggings are beautiful. I would wear them with a longer top to hide my bum and show them off. They would be dressier than many leggings I have seen, really beautiful designs!

  41. Rhoda says:

    I would wear them to walk or for reading in a comfy chair.

  42. Soozi says:

    Everywhere..why not? If I do not win a pair….I need to buy a pair..hard to choose
    among all the beautiful patterns.

  43. Judith Briley says:

    Could not figure out how to enter the giveaway contest. Please advise. Thank you

  44. Cheusa says:

    I would wear them into my sewing studio to help pizzzzzzzazzzzzz new ideas!

  45. Janet Hasselblad says:

    Everywhere! Especially qi gong and yoga classes.

  46. Janet C. Wright says:

    Well- I already ordered a tunic to go with my new leggings ( even if I don’t win) Gray tunic–red leggings –I would wear them everywhere—think of the joy! As my friend Anita Mayer says ” Give people something to talk about. Lighten their lives!!!”

  47. Maureen Foley says:

    I would wear these to work in the community clinics. Diversity is our strength!

  48. Seattlerain says:

    This is right on trend with the athlete/leisure look. Whether wearing this on a run or to yoga or relaxing in a coffee house, these leggings would be striking.

  49. Lydia Reading says:

    I’d wear the these fab leggings under a warm cushy comfy top after work and on the weekends.

  50. Cindy Chock says:

    I would wear them with my wonderful tunic tops around and about the City.

  51. Laraine Salmon says:

    With a tunic in a complimentary color.

  52. Sally MB says:

    To the theater with an asymmetrical cape.

  53. Lori Morton says:

    Oh my goodness!! these are Amazing!! Beautiful leggings!! LOVE them!! I would wear them everywhere…& share info on where to get them!… Would be delighted to win a pair!! Thank you for the chance!!! 🙂

  54. Candace Kramer says:

    I’d wear them all the time!

  55. Donna says:

    I would definitely wear these for gallery nights! What a fabulous idea!

  56. Monica Guckenheimer says:

    To live, to love, to create!

  57. Cathy Kimiyo says:

    Oh my gosh – how absolutely, stunningly beautiful! I would show them off wherever I can – at the gym, topped with a tunic to go out on the town or to a concert. It will surely turn heads! Thanks for the opportunity to own one of these treasures!

  58. Norma Petersen says:

    Love the designs! I would wear them to Quilt Guild meetings and to Tai Chi…..

  59. Sarah says:

    I would wear a pair of those lovely leggings to the local art studio tour, tours a hosted several times a year. But, I would also wear them just about anywhere!

  60. Vivian Roop says:

    They are just what my 77 year old legs would love.

  61. Patricia says:

    I would wear these awesome leggings to my early morning yoga class and then
    I would wear them for the rest of the day–walking my dog, going to the library,
    taking care of my grandson, hanging out with my friends, shopping for groceries.
    You get the idea!

  62. Nancy Cegalis says:

    I would wear them with short black skirt. I would order the fabric and make a top to go with the leggings. Fabulous idea.

  63. Carol Sexton says:

    Walking! These leggings would bend and flex with my stride and would be so comfortable and soft. I think these leggings are works of art and would wear them with a tunic. I would show them off to my fiber arts group and my friends.

  64. Rosemary Newman says:

    I would wear the leggings while I play my ukulele.

  65. Julie Paschkis says:

    I would wear them for time travel to ancient Japan.

  66. Connie Akers says:

    I’d wear them to quilt.

  67. Linda Andrews says:

    They’ll be fun to show off at the opera, at church, and out with friends. I’ll love them showing beneath my shortish gray and black skirts and under cropped pants!

  68. Mary DeRay says:

    Love to read all your posts! Especially enjoyed Tokyo Quilt Festival video
    as I was there 2016 and came back home (IL) in complete awe of the wornkmanship of Japanese quilters.

  69. Janet Bahr says:

    Anywhere and everywhere will be the places you will find me decked out in these luscious high styling leggings with there unique beauty of Japanese Yukata fabric combined with just the right amount of stretch. Of course, my favorite place would have to be lounging at home.

  70. June Donenfeld says:

    Yoga, gym, or under tunic for a creative, zippy look.

  71. Linda Williamson says:

    I’d wear them for shopping, walking the dog, lunching with friends. These are beautiful and would look amazing for any occasion. Thanks grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

  72. Pat says:

    They would be my first pair of leggings…I’m old…but they are so beautiful I’d really like to give them a try!

  73. Amanda Sciullo says:

    I would use them for yoga class and love it!

  74. Nancy Dilley says:

    I would wear them for under dresses here in our cold, cold WI winter!

  75. Sheryl Ramstad says:

    Walking my grand dog around Green Lake – so chic!

  76. Karen M says:

    Everywhere! Yoga, walking, shopping, to the zoo. These are beautiful!

  77. Sue o'donnell says:

    This is brilliant! I would wear them absolutely everywhere!

  78. Kathie L says:

    I’d wear them for playdates with my grandchildren.

  79. Ruth says:

    I would use the leggings doing yoga and relaxing.

  80. Barbara says:

    Yoga! And a walkabout…

  81. Jessie Gaskin says:

    I would wear them as I walk across campus to class.

  82. Ali Dedeaux says:

    I would wear these leggings to events on my college campus.

  83. Kathy Weyenberg says:

    I would wear them when I am walking. They would be great with a dress or long top.

  84. Kelly Wilbur says:

    I love leggings, I would wear them to work and wow everyone!

  85. marty thompson says:

    wear them for walking everywhere

  86. Jill Baumgardner says:

    I’d wear them around Ballard to share my love of Okan Arts, Kula Movement and our great community! These are walking advertisement leggins!

  87. Mary Perillo says:

    I would wear these beautiful leggings to my yoga class to enhance the experience
    with the reminder of the serene beauty found in Japan. Great idea, Victoria!

  88. Ray Burke says:

    I would wear them lounging around, walking, and to the gym. Then when I get braver….Hmmm!

  89. Liz says:

    Walking, yoga, fashion!!

  90. Jacqui Tuttle says:

    Friday afternoon. Mental healt & knitting therapy group, with brownies on the side.

  91. Laraine says:

    With any of the multitude number of tunic length blouses, dresses and sweaters I wear all year round