Photos by Ye Rin Mok
Launched at the beginning of this month, New York-based Botanica Workshop is a new organic and sustainable underwear brand for women. The line is a beautiful collection of luxurious, feminine, and vintage-inspired designs. Botanica Workshop was inspired by the need for refined, eco-friendly clothing and everyday items. All products are consciously sourced, designed and produced in the United States.
The brand combines designer, Misa Miyagawa’s core concepts for product innovation and production through the use of eco-friendly materials and designs derived from nature. Miyagawa is no stranger to quality craftsmanship and luxury fashion: her experience includes work with Thakoon, Peter Som, and Daryl K. It is with these designers that she cultivated an appreciation for traditional handcrafted techniques, working with rich materials and textiles though she felt high fashion was lacking something innovative.
“During my decade of working as a designer in the fashion industry, I often felt that the market was lacking in beautifully designed and produced organic/sustainable clothing, accessories, and home goods with a sophisticated aesthetic,” Miyagawa tells Ecouterre. “I created Botanica Workshop as a platform for offering these types of high quality goods to an audience who will enjoy them in their everyday lives.”
The debut Spring/Summer 2015 collection entitled, “Clearwater,” features designs made with organic cotton jersey and silk georgette fabrics and colors inspired by kusakizome, a Japanese technique of natural dyeing known for its brilliant and nuanced colors.
“The depth and complexity of the colors are a reflection of our adventurous and charismatic muses, women whose creativity and vitality we are constantly inspired by,” Miyagawa explains.
Breezy, delicate and timeless, “Clearwater” is a collection for the modern, conscious woman. The designs evoke a sense of casual luxury, energy and natural beauty with a focus on superior craftsmanship and sustainable materials.
“The Botanica Workshop woman loves clean lines, elegant colors, and feeling stylish and comfortable at the same time,” Miyagawa tells us. “She also may share my goal of finding the perfect organic/sustainable product that was sourced and produced with care at every step, a piece that becomes a well loved wardrobe essential.”
Botanica Workshop’s versatile, consciously-created undergarment collection features three bra styles, four bottom styles, a convertible slip, a slip dress, a camisole and shorts in romantic, neutral colors and a patterned stripe print. Miyagawa plans to expand her collection into a larger variety of underwear, loungewear, and ready-to-wear styles.
“In the future I hope to expand the line into other categories and develop into a lifestyle brand,” she says. “I hope that the line will show that the organic and sustainable products do have their place in the designer market, and that more creative innovation is needed for eco-friendly goods.”