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MIX & MATCH

It was love at first stripes. MILIEU’s style director, Shannon Bowers, and other members of the magazine’s editorial team, visited the Houston studio/showroom of Sarah Sharp Leatherwood, a young designer we had been hearing much about. Sarah had already established a following for her work creating throw pillows, chic clutches, bedding, pet beds, and other fashion accessories out of multi-colored Peruvian wool textiles that she collects on her many travels there.

But the moment Shannon spotted a certain pink and white striped textile on a shelf, she was struck with an idea to transform it into a dress for Sarah. While its sheer vibrancy and rhythm of stripes in differing widths translates perfectly to Sarah’s accessories, we imagined it working, too, as garments to wear.

“I was stunned when MILIEU chose this particular pattern,” says Sarah. “It was the very first textile I had purchased on my first trip to Peru and it has a truly special meaning for me because of that. This pattern was stacked on a wall with many other patterns and, yet, this is the one the magazine chose. My work as a designer began with this particular textile.”

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PRODUCED BY SHANNON BOWERS
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MEGAN LOVOI
WRITTEN BY DAVID MASELLO

This story appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of MILIEU.