I often like to feature alternative clothing, accessories, homeware and other products here on the blog, under the plunder category. Today, I’m talking about the latest collection from Ovate.
Ovate is the clothing label of designer Audrey Cantwell in Montreal, Canada. Audrey’s design principle is to capture the synthesis between nature’s elegant simplicity and the spare beauty of industrial minimalism. Each piece uses natural materials – cotton, hemp, wool, linen, leather, and silk – and use draping, distressing and brutal, basic shapes to creating clothing that is timeless, mysterious but completely wearable.
Audrey draws inspiration from nature, the occult, Norse and Greek mythology, and metal/folk/neo-classical music.
I’ve been admiring Audrey’s work since she was just out of design school and selling on Etsy under a different name. I owned one of the original Valhalla hoodies before I accidentally left it behind in a club one night (sob!). I hope the person who picked it up is very happy with it, as it was snuggly and had a giant hood and was basically the perfect hoodie.
The new Ovate collection – Diaphane – is out now, and there are some beautiful pieces. I’m eyeing up the new, re-released Valhalla hoodie, complete with extra-long sleeves and thumbholes (mine never had thumb-holes. I LOVE thumb-holes). I also love this long hooded black cardigan, the merino wool cardigan, this oiled leather miniskirt, and oh, about a million other things.
For well made, handcrafted designer clothing, I think the pricing is more than reasonable. There’s also a few sale items from previous collections on the Ovate website that you might want to check out, too.
The Sunken, my dark fantasy novel, is now available on Amazon.
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