Working as a stylist and jet-setting to photo shoots, Lauren A. Wood became an expert—and light!—packer. That meant that each time she went abroad, she had room to bring bundles of rich, luscious textiles home in her suitcase. “Textiles are a really beautiful representation of each culture,” Lauren explains. “I’m interested in how a lot of time and thought goes into each one.”
In 2012, Lauren decided it was time to put those treasured fabrics to good use. Using her favorite finds, she whipped up a few stylish, travel-friendly baseball caps for her and her friends—one of whom happened to get snapped for Garance Doré’s famed style blog. Suddenly, Lauren had a very good problem on her hands. “After the post, 2,000 people checked my site, and I had nothing to sell,” she explains. “The fabric hadn’t even made it to the factory yet!”
When her caps—constructed in the U.S.A. from gorgeous materials sourced in Guatemala, Ghana, and Italy—did hit the internet, they were insta-hits. “We’ve got a good mix of high and low here,” she explains. “I love that they have this typically American silhouette, but making them from really great indigenous fabrics gives them a totally different feel.” We imagine she’ll be out of stock again very soon. —monica derevjanik
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