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.
To 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.
Victoria 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.
When the shoot finished up, Victoria gave all the models the inspiration fabric for their leggings.
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.
Thank you to our models: Ashley and baby Hazel, Ivy, Taylor, and Travis. And to our photographer: Jazzlyn Stone.