I feel like I say this all the time, but if a piece of clothing has a vintage and/or handmade/artisan vibe to it, I am digging it. The piece I find most that fits this description is jackets. I have painted jackets, embroidered jackets, cross stitched jackets, you name it. I should probably do a round up on here when I am stumped on posting something. Anyway, do I need another jacket? No. Do I buy one though if I see something unique? Yes.
Another thing I like to do is keep up with what the high end designers are doing and watch it trickle down to the masses. This seems to happen a lot with handmade details too. It seems that several years now, brands like Prada and Dolce & Gabbana have embraced granny square designs (which I totally love). And I saw painted jackets at Burberry a few years ago (inspiration photos at the end of this post). I thought to myself, "I can do that!" and added it to my never ending lists of DIYs for someday. I planned to find a Sherpa jacket at a thrift shop and go to town on it with some paint!
Then, about this time last year, I found this jacket already painted at the thrift store in my town. But, it was too small. I was super bummed, but since I knew the brand I knew I could search for it like I usually do on eBay and Poshmark. I also kept the design in mind because rather than free handing with a paintbrush, this jacket looked like it had been stamped with various designs. A flower with leaves, a few filigrees, and some writing - I either already had, or could get stamps just like that, since I have been crafting for so many years.
Well, lo and behold my size in this jacket showed up on Poshmark last week! I snatched it up right away because who knows when I would have ever gotten around to making my own! The brand is "Mechant" and it looks like they make some really unique clothes.