Design Notes: Spring 20
Design Notes hones in on small details integral to the big picture. In today’s installment, we take a closer look at the colour palette behind the Yu Mei Spring 20 Collection.
Jessie Wong and Adrian Williams
Roan is, according to Dictionary.com, a “soft flexible leather made from sheepskin, used in bookbinding as a substitute for morocco [goatskin].” And while our bags are still made in our signature deer nappa, this purple-tinged tone conjures up the smell of dusty old tomes steeped in history and knowledge.
Which makes it the perfect colour to pack your reading material in for a lazy day at the library or pool. Just don’t fall in with either bag or book please.
Tamarillos are a controversial fruit. While their tartness may be on the strong side for some, they certainly make a statement. Similarly our Tamarillo Croc, an embossed cowhide in the ripest red, is sure to get you noticed.
The colour also resembles the sculptural anthurium that inspired the collection, while the texture embodies its distinctive bloom. Say it with flowers - or a Tamarillo Croc bag.
When Adrian saw the first sample of Tamarillo Croc, he remembered visiting a friend’s leather factory in his homeland of South Africa. “They specialised in snakeskin and crocodile - the real kind - and it was amazing to see the beautiful textures and skins they were able to create. Tamarillo Croc transported me back there, to that time and place.”
As well as a not-insignificant volcanic eruption, Pompeii is famous for the vivid red frescoes adorning the city. Fun fact: a number of these were originally painted in yellow, but changed tone from the gases emitted when Vesuvius erupted. Either way, wearing this colour will render you a walking piece of art.
This bright red harks to the Chinese custom of gifting hóngbāo (red envelopes) on New Year, a tradition symbolic of good fortune. Jessie chose this particular shade as it relates to her Chinese heritage. “My Aunty used to make our family’s famous Cha Siu Bao (steamed pork buns) over Chinese New Year. I would always look forward to those. This colour reminds me fondly of that time of year, it feels like a celebration.”
Shortbread offers a biscuity tone, to be enjoyed with a cup of tea and a splash of milk. A soothing calm amongst the spicy reds that make up our Spring 20 colour palette.