PP: Your tie dye pieces are amazing. Can you talk us through the technique?
EDL: I studied textile development as well as design during my undergrad and quickly picked up a hand for dyeing. It is very much a trial and error process, as well as a bit of technique. But each time I set up for a new “drop”, I try something new.
I won’t disclose all of my secrets, but my favourite dyes right now are my saffron, red cabbage, and avocado pit dyes. Red cabbage gives you this beautiful muted blue denim colour, almost periwinkle. Avocado pits give you a light dusty pink tone, and the saffron gives you this beautiful mango, [Simon Porte] Jacquemus orange colour.
PP: Tell us about how you style your own pieces?
EDL: I mix them into my own wardrobe rather frequently now, sorry not sorry! I’ll do a tank with a vintage skirt and sneakers or a vintage men’s button-down with one of my skirts. Or, I’ll throw in one of my bags and a pair of socks with sandals and I’m good to go.
PP: Do you do a lot of commissions for friends?
EDL: I do! That’s sorta how this started. I figured if we were into it, then why not make a few more. All of my pieces are one-of-a kind or made to order.
PP: Tell us about a book you’re loving right now.
EDL: My book club chose In Watermelon Sugar [by Richard Brautigan] this past spring (shout out book club crew), and I thought it was such a joyous and weirdly beautiful book. Separately, I always recommend Walking Through Clear Water in a Pool Painted Black by Cookie Mueller.