We’re super excited to reveal something we’ve been working on behind the scenes for a while now – an exclusive collaboration with fashion + home decor brand Raleigh Denim Workshop and artist Corey Mason! No two pieces are the same. Each item is a numbered, one-off piece of art.
This super limited edition collection of wearable art is exclusively available at Design Milk Shop. The quantities are very limited so you can add a piece of art to your home or closet that no one else will have.
The hand screen-printed collection consists of 2 sweatshirts (olive green + melon), 1 pocket tee (olive green), 2 tote bags (selvage denim + green selvedge twill) and 1 throw pillow (green selvage linen). Each piece is numbered with very limited quantities of each available.
Fueled by friendship and a desire to push each other through a drought of creativity, Victor Lytvinenko, Master Jeansmith and Co-Founder of Raleigh Denim Workshop, and Corey Mason teamed up to co-create this new limited edition collection of fashion, home decor and accessories. The designs were driven by exploring each other’s complementary creative superpowers through process and repetition. Very much inspired by the chaos and unpredictability of nature, the duo set off on a quest to toss some seeds in a field and see what grows. Their explorations resulted in a modern, floral-themed collection that is a perfect balance of both art and craft.
I’ve been a long-time fan of Victor and Sarah’s dedication to craft and creativity, which includes partnering with others in order to co-create exciting high-quality designs that feel unique and special. Acquiring a piece from this collection is like owning art that’s beautiful and functional.
I talked to both Victor and Corey about the process of creating the collection. Victor says that collaboration fuels him: “It pushes me to do new things, lets me create in new ways and puts wild, unexpected ideas in my head.”
There’s an energy that gets created when two people work on something together who also respect and trust each other.
Echoing Victor, Corey says, “There’s an energy that gets created when two people work on something together who also respect and trust each other.” I asked him about this particular floral pattern and where the seed for the idea was planted (forgive me, puns intended). He explains, “Remember that day you were lying on your back in the forest catching your breath looking up at the sky? All you see is green leaves making shadows against the bright blue sky. This is that moment.”
His connectedness to nature isn’t intentional, though. Having been trained as a landscape designer, Corey doesn’t have a firm answer as to why he’s drawn to natural motifs: “I don’t know, is the short answer. What I do know is there is influence there, as it always seems to show up in the work some way. But it’s not some sort of manifesto with a clear agenda. I didn’t set out to be a landscape painter or a nature painter. The mystics will tell you everything is connected to everything in a quantum physics sorta unexplainable way. There’s something there – a bond, an interest, a longing.”
With the right people – open minded, open hearted, skilled – we can create so much more than a “creative spark”…we can create an inferno.
Both Corey and Victor cite the pandemic as being the impetus for their collaboration: “I worked on a similar leaf concept series about 2 years ago and killed it shortly after as I just wasn’t sure where it was going. It was fun and I was proud of it but felt the need to move on. And had no plans to revisit it. Then the virus happened, which began a renewed interest in being outside, hitting the reset button on everything. The leaf paintings emerged again,” Corey explains.
Victor also felt a pull in a different direction: “I had been going to the shop every night by myself to create and make something every day, but after a couple months I was getting stir crazy. Corey lives 2 blocks over and I reached out to see if he wanted to work on something together and he invited me over to his studio. We didn’t have a direction at that point. I brought fabrics and a few garments; we knew we could make an amazing capsule collection…and here we are!”
*This Collection is only available to ship within Continental U.S.
Photography courtesy of Shay Stifelman.