The original samples have been altered and changed as desired and the process of going through each item begins again. This time around they are not only looking at the body but color, patterns and dying technique start to come into play.
It was uncanny how Liora and Christina would simultaneously know which materials or colors they wanted for each bodies. Sometimes I felt as though they were speaking a foreign language as they would be referring to some material, past design or pattern they know they are looking to incorporate into the new line.
Once again piles of yes, no and maybe are created. As well there can be a second round of alterations that need to happen. It is quite fascinating to watch how these designs come to fruition.
Small groups or “collections” are made and soon the roof top of Arjun’s is covered with a kaleidoscope of clothing. Both Liora and Christina are tactile designers. They like to hold the items in their hands, feel the material against their skin. This roof top process, as I like to call it, allows them to see and feel all their designs physically in front of them, along with the fabric swatches and palette of colors that have been made specifically for Jayli items.
The first step in their design process is they come up with the basic body design. They have ideas that are completely new, some staple favorites, and perhaps past ideas they want to improve on. They also really listen to their customers and take into consideration suggestions or requests you may have passed on to [...]
He is small manufacturer with a big heart. I was able to have a few a minutes here and there with him to talk about his business.Aman is an artist first, business man second. This is not to say he isn’t a wonderful business man because he is however, you can see the artistry of [...]
There are many different steps required to designing their new lines each year. Every company and designer have their own methods and ways of doing things. After 20 plus years Jayli has come down to a process that works really well for them and their manufactures. Designing the basic body design - This is the process [...]
A lovely incense aroma fills the air as they gather in Arjun’s office to discuss and go over new designs for the 2017 Jayli line. Rain is pouring down outside adding an intimate atmosphere to the creative process.The creative process with Arjun has a calmer almost more organized feel than the experience from the day [...]
Upon arrival at Arjun’s he kindly gave me a tour of his factory, a four story building he had built himself. It is a much bigger operation than that of Aman’s, whose factory is much smaller. The first floor is where a group of tailors work on designs that include any woven material. Today however, it [...]
Kathmandu, NepalAfter two whirlwind days in Thailand, we hopped on a plane to head to Kathmandu, Nepal. It is here where the majority of our trip will be spent and where most of the design magic happens. For the past 20 years Jayli has been coming to Nepal to design their hippie bohemian clothing line [...]
The first factory and manufacturer we visit is Aman’s. His factory is literally two blocks from the hotel, a short walk on the busy streets of the more well known neighborhood of Kathmandu, Thamel. Upon arriving, there are warm greetings, another delicious cup of chai tea and more sharing and catching up on on each [...]
In a small jammed packed booth of amazing mudmee styles and colors I clumsily bump into the mannequins on display each time I try to squeeze by them. Even more, I continuously find myself in the path of the poor young lady working there along with the gentleman talking with Christina and Liora."Excuse me, excuse [...]