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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Truly Inspiring : CottonInk!

this is my first review that i made in my blog.
i often posted some review about things i recently bought online, but i never write more than just the review of the things I bought. I mean, i never post anything about the brand itself, with detailed explanation about the founder and the brand-history.

and you know, how much I love shawl. For you who loves reading my blog and saw my todays-outfit section, you must realized that I wore scarf or shawl almost everytime. I even rarely wore any necklace, just because I already put some shawl for finishing touch :D

and then, you also know how much i love Cotton Ink. 
I know this brand from some link who shared online, and when i clicked that link : WHOA!!! i know that I am in love. 
this is some reasons why I love Cotton Ink's shawl :

- I love Plain Stuff.
 you should know that wearing those shawl upon my plain dress or tops is one of the great ideas to color-up my outfit! with CottonInk's shawl, i could wear 1 dress in 3 times a week and no one would notice that this was the dress i wore the day before. just because i wear another shawl's colour!
anyway, most of CottonInk's shawl also a plain stuff. so, still need any reason why I love CottonInk?

and this is some short interview about CottonInk it self, with one of the great and beautiful founder named Carline Darjanto.  
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1. please, tell me a very short story about how you established the brand :D 
It was a spontaneous thing. Me, Carline, just finished my fashion design diploma and Ria was doing her final project and got nothing to do. Then somehow, since we both love designs, making this brand - for making some pocket money for us.

2. you started with a shawl, the classic one. then with the fringe and
the krey (the signature style). i really love the krey ideas, but what
inspired you most, until you decided to create a krey shawl?
Yeah we also love krey so much. It is an experimental process actually, and leading to the Krey ideas. We think if we make something that is very versatile and everybody can wear it with their own touch/style it would be very interesting. And then from the experiment the Krey was created.

3. What about the clothing? If I'm not mistaken, you have released 4
collection, right? The absolute essentials, summer collection, the
fall/winter collection and the spring one? would you please let us
where did you find the inspiration ideas for each collection?
 
We want to be bigger and from shawls only we realized we can't do that. We have to let people know we are not just a 'shawl-maker'. Since me, Carline has background in Fashion Design, it is very natural Cotton Ink make clothing collections. We started with simplest and clean design and spices up a bit with colors - everything for the sake of our customers who want versatile and simple collection. I get inspirations from everywhere - just do some sketches and one idea leading to another, basically like that.

4. Do you pick colour in a random thought? 
You always released a very tempting new colour, and i always wonder : 
how they found that kind of colour?
for example, jade on jade! i really really really love the colour!
it's my favourite colour, so far!
 For color, we chose colors that appeal to our customers. We also spot some trends, like the neon color trend, or like right now - more into subtle and soft colors. Since the shawls are very simple we have to choose the color carefully so customers will be happy with that. Shawls are accessories, so it is the easiest way to boost up the look with some colors. And we got lots of colors, so people can freely choose their favorites.

5. What was the quirkiest inspiration that led you to a new
collection? and plase mention which collection :D
 I got nothing in mind right now, haha. Perhaps our collection for the Jakarta Fashion Week. I think it will be interesting.. I will do my best!
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 and they are preparing for their own webstore!

 
 super excited!
and is that regatta 4Ls acid spotted at the print ad of the upcoming webstore?

and if you would like to know what collection they have been released,please check this out!

 Summer Lights - released around June 2009 
i only got lapiz Lazuli and Honey Yellow :(

  ABSOLUTE ESSENTIALS  
 
 released around April 2009
 they released their famous crop top here!
 

  Broken Hours : Fall/Winter 200  
- new york apple -
released around November 2009.
in this collection, they released their famous full-fringe shawl. it is a full-fringe shawl which was combined by two different colour, known as two-tone shawl.
me got those great Lemonade color :D

  STRIPES COLLECTION 
released around January 2010.
I kindly remember this collection, because it was released approach the second Brighspot Market in Grand Indonesia. too bad i can not attend this bazaar, but thankfully my dad went to Jakarta at that time, and he bought me a lot of CottonInk's shawl when he get home :D
and let me share with you about my favourite item from this season :
- stripes classic shawl, me had 3 of it! -
- mini boxy in b&w stripes -
 
- triangular sleeve cardigan! -

 RESORT COLLECTION 
 
what so special in this collection?
they released their infinity scarf! it's a scarf which could be used in multifunctional way! from a dress, to a skirt. from a shawl, to a cardigan!
i have posted a review about this great collection, but i will share some ways to wear this infinity scarf :
 

 SPRING / SUMMER 2010 
in their latest collection, we will find more and more clothing items!
from Nala till Boxy and the greatest Neptune!

 

PS : They Also released some collection about Acid Legging and Ramadhan Special Edition!
too bad i can not find any picture of it

and for their other collection, please visit them here :D

ways to wear CottonInk :

 and trust me!
their shawls are more than just an ordinary shawl!
click the youtube link, and you'll find out how a turbular shawl could be worn as a tube-tops, double-shawl, vest (for fringe and krey collection), belt (esp. for shawl with a longer length), hooded, shrug, cardigan, and many many many many more!

for you who curious about their color-chart :
must have colour before sold out :
BERRY!
GREY MELANGE!
Jade-On-Jade - from their SS 2010
SAND!
definitely : THREE OF THEM! hahaha

well, good luck!
happy shopping at CottonInk :D
i've write a review about them because they are my favourite item on my wardrobe.
the most favourite colour :
LAVENDER ACID
KREY in LAVENDER & MAGENTA

i'll post more about playin with krey colour.
and for you who love shawl, this is definitely one of the things you should have!
buy 1 shawl and you'll find hundreds way to wear= SAVE YOUR MONEY! hahaha

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