One of my favorite designers as of late is Mara Hoffman. The Buffalo, NY native started her education at Parsons and then to Central Saint Martins in London. From simply visiting her e-commerce site, it is clear Mara is unlike many other designers despite her solid education and traditional path to the industry. Her pieces have an obvious movement to them and they exhibit more than just a point of view. Her earlier collections were a lot of hand-dyed fabrics and I love how her collections are not commercial. The prints and colors she uses take the customer to an exotic land translated through each piece.
Between traveling for inspiration and showing at NYFW, she has a lot going on! Mara recently told Refinery29 how she stays centered:
"Creating balance takes practice. It's work and it's not always easy.
Realizing when you are unbalanced and doing something about it is the most
important thing. No one can be balanced 100% of the time though."
That is advice we can get on board with. If you're not ready to pull the trigger on a statement bikini, dress or poncho, grab a geographic iPhone case! You can find her items on her website, revolve and shopbop for starters. We can't wait to see what Mara will be up to next!
photos from Mara's facebook, blog and pinterest