Individuality and art are a keen focus in the design process of Sydney-based label me & oli. It’s one that sees designer and artist Lalita Lu create wonderfully whimsical and playful prints – often the result of hours spent intricately illustrating and collaging printed photographs featuring everything from owls, foxes and birds to flowers and beards – which are then digitally printed onto garments made from beautiful fabrics like pure silk or blends like silk-cotton. The point of difference, however, is that shoppers can choose the print, the shape of the dress, tank or top and tweak it for details like length, after which it is made-to-order by expert hands.
Usually only available online, me & oli are set to open a week-long pop-up shop at Gaffa, an art and design space in Sydney’s CBD, to coincide with Fashion Week Australia. It will bring together off-the-rack and ready-to-wear me & oli clothing and accessories, alongside its made-to-measure service, via which shoppers can pick and mix from the label’s full library of prints and garment shapes. me & oli will also be launching a new Australian-inspired print called Dollars & Cents.
Label founder Lu will be drawing live over the course of the week as she covers the length of one of the Gaffa arcade walls with illustrations. Elements from this work will feature in the next me & oli textile print.