To celebrate the launch of my first ever clothing line, I am going to give you a run through of my top picks from this, the Spring/Summer 2022 collection. Read on for an insight into my work and home “uniform”, my inspirations, and my absolute favourite pieces that form my newest range. Let’s take a look…
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My vision –
Talking of Plants clothing is out now, and I feel like I could burst with excitement! I have created a 19-piece range consisting of men’s and women’s garments, which I know you’re going to love. From the outset I knew I wanted to design a selection of eco-friendly pieces in my distinctive style, with a big focus on sustainability. It was just a matter of taking the time to develop ideas that I knew my customers would love, and finding the right suppliers to work with. You can read more about all the wonderful things that make this range planet-friendly here.
For anyone who doesn’t know me, my name is Hannah and I am an illustrator and gardener – I adore both jobs equally (I am also a cat enthusiast, but I can tell you about that another time). My Talking of Plants brand was born out of a wish to combine these two obsessions, and my new tees and jumpers unquestionably embody everything I am about. Each piece features a charming drawing taken from one of my original illustrations, printed onto super-soft, organic-cotton clothing. This range nails the comfort-factor we all long for, whilst the designs pay homage to some of my favourite flowers and succulents. They can be worn effortlessly around the house and garden; or similarly, they’re easy to dress up for laid-back weekend-ing or smart-casual working days.
My personal style –
My “off-duty” wardrobe usually consists of leggings or pyjama-style trousers (often tucked into wooly socks) with an oversized t-shirt or sweatshirt. There’s nothing better. When I’m not working or lounging at home I like to wear jeans and boots, teamed with a loose top under a blazer. Any of my t-shirts or jumpers work well as layering pieces under your favourite jacket. If you haven’t tried pairing casual and tailored pieces together, give it a go. Honestly, it’s the easiest way to make it look like you’ve made an effort with your look. It looks really pulled-together. In reality, you’ll just be wearing a version of your at-home garb (especially if you wear your cosy socks inside your boots)…but nobody needs to know!
One of my favourites, The Dreamer jumper, worn smart-casually under a tailored jacket.
My inspiration –
I am so happy with my first clothing collection. I had a list of things I knew were a must for my first range. It just had to include succulents and roses. They’re my favourites! I wanted to incorporate designs that I know my customers would love so chose flowers, such as Echinaceas, that are popular amongst them (I am mad about them too!). I chose to illustrate plants that you don’t see very often on the high-street either. I wanted this product line to be inclusive and for anyone and everyone. That goes for the colour palette I went with too. I love to wear pinks, blues and grey, so you will see these are the main shades in this season’s colour palette. These are great colours for Spring and Summer!
The Glow Up - tied at the sides.
My favourite piece –
I can’t choose, but I do love The Hue and The Glow Up. Both of these feature my original illustration of my colourful Echeveria ‘Rainbow’ succulent – available in a variety of tees and sweaters in pink, stone blue, white and sage green. It was my absolute obsession with succulent plants that led me, in part, to create the Talking of Plants brand, so I’ll always hold a soft-spot for this design – I am a sucker for succulents
I particularly like the cheeky-factor of The Glow Up!
It’s so hard to narrow it down to favourites though, when everything in this collection means so much to me. A special mention must go to The Star and The Magnus lines – I especially loved drawing these flowers. I think I’ll just have to have a new favourite every day depending on my mood!
Pictured is The Star men's crew neck jumper. Also available in men's and women's t-shirts.
My top picks –
All of these pieces feature singular elements and The Standard is no exception. I wanted to create a tee which would stand out whether worn alone or peeping through an open shirt or coat. I have loved pink and emerald green together for some time now, so knew instantly which base colour I wanted this illustration of be printed onto. The stone blue is a lovely, slightly more understated alternative. It’s name is in reference to the Sempervivum ‘Standard Green’ cultivar I was inspired by.
Available in a classic men’s crew neck t-shirt.
The Dreamer - jumpers and t-shirts
Many of my childhood memories involve being in the garden at home or at my grandparents’. I always admired my mum’s and grandmother’s passion for their gardens, and the time they put into meticulously tying-in plants and raising flowers from seed. It’s an appreciation I’ve plainly carried through to my adult life. I love the meditative aspects of gardening, like tending to my sweet peas as I let my mind wander. I often reflect on where this recognition comes from when I am carrying out such tasks. The Dreamer is a nod to this.
The ‘Dainty Bess’ rose was given to me when my cat, Bessy, passed away a few years ago. She was absolutely epic and this rose is epic too. It’s beautiful just like she was. A gorgeous flower like this deserved a place in my newest line.
Available in this boxy jumper – perfect for beach days, brunch in the town and walking in the hills.
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