I’ll be straight here and admit I hadn’t heard of Gamine Workwear until around 6 months ago when they made these insane vests. But since then, I’ve been checking back regularly whenever I need to tickle the indigo itch. And boy, do I like what I see.
Gamine’s Bleu De Travail capsule is a duo of indigo-drenched garments that command a second look. Made up of the Piscine Smock and Organic Cotton Indigo-Dyed Thermal, both pieces are hand-dyed with natural indigo and constructed in the USA. If you’ve been living under a rock, that basically means they will fade and patina beautifully with time, washing, and wearing.
The Thermals are classic waffle-knit longsleeves that look great on their own in the warmer months or layered up in the wintertime, and the Piscine Smock is a drapey outfit-maker that you’ll keep finding reasons to sling on.
What’s most important, here, is that these are women’s garments with charm, attitude, and a story to tell. Not just a menswear piece adapted for the female body. Continuing their penchant for interstate collaborative working, Gamine enlisted Kathy Hattori of Botanical Colors to dye the Piscine Smock, and the Thermals are crafted in collaboration with artist and dyer, Chinatsu Nagamune, a Japanese native who mastered her art through experiencing a range of techniques from her travels and apprenticeships across Japan, India, and Southeast Asia.
Available from Gamine Workwear for $96 and $120 respectively