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INTRODUCING TEXA COLLECTION

April 25, 2013

A few weeks ago I attended an opening at Church Boutique in Los Angeles and was wowed by an amazing collection of oversized dreamcatchers hanging from the ceiling.  With all of the amazingness that the store had going on, I could only seem to focus on the dream catchers.  Next thing I knew, my friend Lisa Guajardo and her design partner Jessica Moss approached me and told me it was their work.

The two ladies have been designing the contemporary women’s collection, Leyendecker, for about 8 years and recently decided to pursue a different creative path in their artistry in the form of these said dream catchers and much more.

Lisa and Jessica of Texa Collection

Lisa and Jessica of Texa Collection

I was very excited to sit down with the ladies this week and discuss the inspiration for their new line, Texa, and find out more.  Their new focus on interiors and away from apparel was a natural move for the both of them as they have had a strong love for interiors and the hunt of found objects for years. The two met eachother 9 years ago and began a collaborative relationship that has stood strong. Each serving as a direct opposite point of view, their creative brains merge in what seems to be a seamless process.  In their quest to have more freedom as artists and to produce something with emotion and authenticity, they are now catering to a customer that doesn’t follow the fashion calendar, but rather is looking for something unique and long-lasting.  YES!!!

When we began to talk about their inspiration and their new ethos, my heart started to race as I have such a deep understanding and connection to their new creative strategy.  One that doesn’t fit into any mold, doesn’t have definitive delivery dates, and isnt’ “old” once the season has passed.  The train they are now on is the future and I find more and more that this is the new way of doing things.  Your own way.

Collection of dreamcatchers at Church boutique

Collection of dreamcatchers at Church boutique

The basis of their new interiors lifestyle collection is rooted in the art of found objects, objet trouve, and communicates an aesthetic of contrasts:  sophistication, bohemia, classic style and rock n roll.  The name “Texa” is derived from the latin word “to weave”, thus creating the inspiration for their line.  With their two different perspectives, references are “weaved together” to create a very unique luxury product for the modern day bohemian.

A snapshot into their studio and collection of found objects

A snapshot into their studio and collection of found objects

Lisa and Jessica have a love for the hunt and have collected treasures most of their life which led them to the creation of this collection.  The dream catchers are made with a bicycle tire as the center (hello, genius!), and also incorporate leather, ostrich eggs, ox bone poker chips from the 19th century, egret feathers from the 1960’s, bike chain holders, bones and are finished off with hand wrapped and dyed horsehair tassels.

Dream catcher created from bicycle tires, feathers, horsehair, eggs, bike chain holders, leather and more

Dream catcher created from bicycle tires, feathers, horsehair, eggs, bike chain holders, leather and more

Horsehair and feathers

Horsehair and feathers

Prices of the dream catchers range from $1000-$2500

Prices of the dream catchers range from $2500-$4500

Their white collection is on display at Church boutique, but they also have a collection of all black as well.

Their white collection is on display at Church boutique, but they also have a collection of all black

Texa Collection started with the oversize dreamcatchers and sparked inspiration to create a lifestyle collection to include pillows and jewelry to satisfy their customers’ thirst for this aesthetic. Creating product that has longevity and usefullness is extremely marketable in this retail environment and leads the movement of buying based on emotional connection rather than trends.

A collection of pillows at Church

A collection of pillows at Church

Their pillows are also created from found fabrics and weaved together to create a ying/yang of the past and the future.  Materials used are vintage moto leather jackets, 100 yr old french grain sack, persian lamb and horsehair.

Large oversized motorcycle leather pillow with hand wrapped horsehair

Large oversized motorcycle leather pillow with hand wrapped horsehair

Modern patchworking with persian lamb, leather and french grain sack.

Modern patchworking with persian lamb, leather and french grain sack.

Horsehair seems to be one of their signature elements and I love it

Horsehair seems to be one of their signature elements and I love it

A distinctive quality in their pillows will be their unique shapes and sizes.  From here they will also begin to design quilts, chair cushions and much more.  The price range of the pillows is $1000-$2500 depending on elements and size.

They didn’t stop there…..their collection also branches into accessories that are inspired by rosary/prayer beads.  They wanted to take the handmade quality of their work and design jewelry that will also communicate their vision.  Rather than a cross or religious totem at the end, they attach their signature horse hair tassel to add whimsy to the delicate nature of the gemstones they are using.

A few items from their jewelry collection

A few items from their jewelry collection

The necklaces are 14k gold plate and elements include pave diamonds, leather, wood, pyrite, magnesite and of course their signature horsehair.  Prices range between $1000-$2500 depending on the design.

Wooden beads are combined with pyrite and pave diamonds

Wooden beads are combined with pyrite and pave diamonds

Pave diamonds secure the horsehair tassel

Pave diamonds secure the horsehair tassel

I love the delicacy of the elements combined with horsehair

I love the delicacy of the elements combined with horsehair

I love how these necklaces look layered and Jessica was modeling them in the perfect style.

Jessica's collection for the day

Jessica’s collection for the day

This is only the very beginning for Texa and I am so excited to see where they take it.  The possibilities are endless and their customer base is only going to grow as quality and design wins over mass production and consumption.

Their current collection can be seen at Church Boutique and you can also visit the Texa website for more.

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