Emma Grady, Fashion Journalist, wears the Colorant Cashmere hoodie with Indigo and Oak gall dyed stripes.
Oak Gall or “Oak Apples” are a tannin-rich growth on oak trees produced by the burrowing of the wasp Cynips gallae tinctoriae, used as a dye and a mordant. Oak galls have been used in the production of ink since at least the time of the Roman Empire. From the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century iron gall ink was the main medium used for writing in the western world.
What is your favorite color? Red. I love it for lipstick, stationary, and clothing. It is especially striking when paired with silk. I have a few notable pieces, including a blouse, camisole, and dress, made with red silk and they are stand-out wardrobe staples.
Where did you grow up? I grew up on the coast of Maine in a tourist town, called Kennebunk–and no, I did not eat a lot of lobster growing up! I own a cool pair of red lobster stud earrings and a pair of needlepoint carpet slippers with lobsters on them though, and I have a lot of Maine pride; if you call me a MAINEiac, I’ll take it as a compliment.
If you had to choose one item of clothing to take with you on a deserted island?I’d opt for a DVF wrap dress made with silk jersey. It is comfortable and travels well.
What is your favorite vintage store in NY? Housing works. Hands down. I have found the most amazing pieces at unbelievable price points. For example, I found a suede Zac Posen dress that fits me like a glove. I never thought I would own a Zac Posen dress (at this point in my life, at least).