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Friday, 4 July 2014

FOUND - Yankee Meets French Fancy

I found these toile de jouy cropped trousers at a road-side flea market on Anna Maria Island, Florida. Toile is a French word meaning 'canvas' or 'linen cloth,' and is traditionally a cotton fabric featuring French countryside scenes, often used for curtains and upholstery. These trousers however were designed by American Virginia VanOsdol founder of Town Toiles who creates patterns based on American life in places she loves, in the case of my crops, Nantucket. These really are a spectacular meeting of French tradition and bold Americana. You can find Town Toiles on-line at, and while today the company makes home wares and fabrics, they don't appear to be making clothing anymore - these trousers are probably circa 1980s, given their high-waisted cut. I consider them a creative couture piece, wearable but nearly one-of-a-kind. They cost just $4. Oiu, Oiu! 

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