For Spring 2017, Ulla Johnson embarks on an exploration of volumes both soft and structured. On a recent trip to South America Ulla became enamored with the style and spirit of the pampas. Gaucho tailoring and details can be traced in oversized trousers, laced tops, metal hardware, and pristine crochet and fringe. The prairie story extends Northwards as well and encompasses touches of the American west and turn of the century pioneer americana. Cowboy shirts and motorcycle jackets are embellished with hand tied french knots and grosgrain bows as bandana paisleys are cast in a delicate cotton eyelet. Utilitarian fabrics such as traditional khaki and engineer striped denim are elevated with a similar hand featuring western stitching and exaggerated proportions. The colors of the sunset prevail as pale yellow, lavender, and shots of bright pink and coral darken to midnight blue.
This season, Ulla introduces a structured bag crafted by traditional saddle makers and finished with exaggerated tassels and her signature macrame straps. Ulla continues to expand her shoe range working with Andean artisans to create soaring caged heels crafted entirely of hand loomed and beaded straps as well as a new range of cork and wood soled offerings. Throughout, Ulla Johnson’s continues her emphasis on weaving myriad influences and hand wrought techniques into a global mosaic filtered through her uniquely American eye.