I'm in a skirt rut. Every one I own is short in length (due to my petite stature) and generally the same style. So If I'm going to break out of my comfort zone of miniskirts, I might as well get something that's interesting, like the knee-grazing skirt seen above. It's by Shaina Mote, a self-taught pattern maker and vintage buyer-turned-designer who launched her namesake line in 2012 and prides herself on producing two collections a year locally made by family-run factories. Mote's studio space in Downtown Los Angeles is ideal eye candy for a feature in Apartamento magazine, and her pared down interiors are reflected in her minimal designs and color palette.
Mote's creation wraps around your waist and fastens with a hook and bar, followed by a snap closure at the corner-end of the skirt just below your hip bone. The result is an asymmetrical drape that sits at such a slant it makes you involuntarily turn your head to make sense of what you're seeing. A skirt that keeps you on your toes. I like that. And no, those raw edges are purely intentional. I'm a sucker for distressed details.
Shaina Mote Kei Skirt, $253.70, available at NewClassics.ca
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