Wearable Art March 10, 2015 16:10
Earlier this month we at Knitted Closet were lucky enough to meet Ricki Wolman, founder and CEO of Citron Clothing along with Citron’s team of artists and representatives. Our conversation gave me further insight into how Citron, one of our longtime favorite brands, uses classic inspirations and only the finest materials to create clothing that is more than beautiful, clothing that makes women happy.
Though artists and designers at Citron draw inspiration from all around the world, we can see the particular influence of the Edo period of Japanese history. The art of Hokusai, Utamaro, and Hiroshige echoes in the portraits and natural elements in Citron designs.
These artists were masters of ukiyo-e, or “pictures of the floating world,” a genre of woodblock prints and paintings that celebrated the joy and beauty in everyday life during a period of rapid urbanization. Western artists, particularly Edgar Degas and Vincent van Gogh, were also deeply influenced by the Edo period.
Orientalist motifs have been a staple of Citron’s design philosophy from the start, and Ricki continues to pursue inspiration by traveling around the world, studying artistic elements and techniques to incorporate into his creative vision.
What struck me about my conversations with the people behind the clothing was the thoughtfulness and care that goes into every Citron design. Everyone we spoke with reiterated Citron’s philosophy of creating wearable works of art, garments with beauty that transcend fleeting trends in fabrics and that remain elegant throughout passing seasons.
We usually shop for clothing with an eye to what is flattering and feels good to wear. For years I have admired the artistry and construction of Citron Clothing simply on these merits, which are of course the essential elements of any clothing brand. But speaking with the people behind the brand has given me a new understanding and deeper appreciation for what they offer through their clothing.
A celebration of the joy and beauty in everyday life. I’m happy to share these products with you, and hope they inspire the same appreciation.
“Living only for the moment, savouring the moon, the snow, the cherry blossoms, and the maple leaves, singing songs, drinking sake, and diverting oneself just in floating… buoyant and carefree, like a gourd carried along with the river current: this is what we call ukiyo.”
Ukiyo Monogatari ("Tales of the Floating World", c. 1661) by Asai Ryōi