A look at what's leaving, what will be returning, and what's to come
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Up to this point, I have released seasonal collections twice a year. As the seasons changed, I would launch a new collection, redirecting my focus to new styles. This cycle is very fun and rewarding, but it lacks focus and attention to every detail. Because of mere time constraints and the pressure, that I put on myself, to put out a collection every fall and spring, I felt like if I didn’t get a collection out by a certain time each season, I failed in some way. Because of this, I rushed many collections too quickly so that I would have something new on the site.

There are a handful pieces that have become favorites and are the bread and butter of Two Fold. The goal for this year is to bring harmony and depth to these styles. We are working towards perfecting patterns and fits, offering these styles in our best selling fabrics and colors (and bringing in a few new color ways!), and offering them with length and sleeve options. We’re also beginning the work towards extending our size offerings. I am thrilled to start offering larger size options in these best selling pieces!

We are also working on revamping our website to ensure ease and accessibility. In the past as we launched new collections, we kept some collections and removed others, and that has made it a bit confusing on the structure of the site. Because of this, we are changing our website provider. There is a transfer period and we are uncertain as to exactly when the domain will switch over. If all goes according to plan, we are launching the first drop of our “core” pieces and the new site on June 4th.

In pursuit of cohesion and refinement, we are discontinuing a few styles. These are our current plans, but as we move forward, there is always a possibility of things changing as we make decisions along the way. These styles will be on sale on the site until June 3rd. You can find these pieces throughout each collection under the “SHOP” tab. The styles on this list are already discounted and you do not need a discount code.

Here are all of the pieces leaving June 3rd:

  • Joanna Skirt - all color ways are being discontinued

  • Frances scarf - all color ways are being discontinued

  • Lucia Sweater - all color ways are being discontinued

  • Lucia Tunic - all color ways are being discontinued

  • Lorena Coatigan - all color ways are being discontinued

  • Deanna Coat - all color ways are being discontinued

  • Blythe Pocket Tunic - all color ways are being discontinued. We will be revamping this style and offering it again later this year, but not in the fabrics/colors we are currently offering it in.

  • Rebecca Dress - all color ways are being discontinued. We will be revamping this style and offering it again later this year, but the silhouette will not be exactly the same and will be offered in new fabric/color options.

  • Flora + Form Misako Wrap Top - this fabric is being discontinued

  • Flora + Form Kayo Wrap Dress - this fabric is being discontinued

  • Rai Jumpsuit - only the denim fabric is being discontinued

  • Krissy Tee - only the denim fabric is being discontinued

  • Reese Top - We will be revamping this style and offering it again later this year, but the silhouette will not be exactly the same and will be offered in new fabric/color options.

  • Reese Dress - We will be revamping this style and offering it again later this year, but the silhouette will not be exactly the same and will be offered in new fabric/color options.

  • Pillow II - this style will be leaving when we launch the “core” pieces

  • Tote I - this style will be leaving when we launch the “core” pieces

  • Tote III - this style will be leaving when we launch the “core” pieces

  • Denim Tote - this style will be leaving when we launch the “core” pieces

All cold weather pieces (the wool gauze fabric and heavier weight wool) will be leaving and won’t be returning for some time. I love these fabrics so much, but I want to find a more sustainable option. We are also discontinuing our cotton poplin. This fabric is perfect for warmer days. It’s clean, crisp, and cool.

That’s it for now, but if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Just head to our “Contact” page and fill out the form!

Mo
Behind The Renewed Collection
 
Wide Bow - Large in Snow Cotton Poplin

Wide Bow - Large in Snow Cotton Poplin

Scrunchies in Clay, Stone, and Umber Wool Gauze

Scrunchies in Clay, Stone, and Umber Wool Gauze

Over the past couple of years as this brand has grown, the amount of fabric scraps we've accumulated has become insurmountable.  One of the most important aspects of our brand is our environmental consciousness. Having such a large amount of fabric scraps, meant we needed to find a responsible way of recycling, repurposing, or renewing them. 

At the beginning of this year I found myself yearning for creativity. Last year was a whirlwind of trying to keep up. It was an extremely busy year full of stretching and growth (so thankful for that!) and when the new year began, I felt like some things needed to change. I came into the new year feeling a bit burnt out and like I needed some time to just have some fun and remember how much I love creating.

Patchwork Pillow I, II, and III

Patchwork Pillow I, II, and III

We combined our desire for imagination and need for repurposing our fabric scraps and created this Renewed Collection. These pieces are a little out of our typical wheelhouse, but in the best way! We created purposeful accessories, home accents, and a few wearable pieces. 

The accessories are the perfect companion for daily life. Grab a scrunchie, throw your hair in a bun, and you're done. Going to the market? Running around town? The embroidered totes are made for carrying all of the things! Wallet, keys, market produce, books, scrunchies and bows, the list goes on. Made from the organic cotton twill from our first collection and the organic cotton denim from our SS18 collection, these bags will hold up to as much weight as you can handle carrying. 

Inverted Stripe Dress

Inverted Stripe Dress

Inverted Stripe Tank II

Inverted Stripe Tank II

We also wanted to stay true to what we do best, womenswear. We decided to make a few wearable items by piecing together a few smaller “scraps”. We added visual interest by inverting the stripes on the tanks and dress. I love how playful, yet understated these styles came out. The subtle stripe variations add just enough variety without straying from our brand’s minimal aesthetic.

And lastly, we made a few home good items. Home, for me, is a safe haven. The items I bring into my home play an important role and hold a lot of weight. I only bring in items that serve a purpose, align with my home’s aesthetic, and/or have sentimental value. We created these pieces to add value to the refuge that is our home. Whether it’s a cloth hand towel to clean up a mess after preparing a meal or a pillow to lay your head on after a log day of work, these objects do not only fill and take up space, they fulfill a purpose. Intentionally bringing these items into a home adds value and fulfillment.

This collection helps bring life back to seemingly unusable fabric remnants. We are able to eliminate a problem of waste and use these small fabric pieces to make things that will add value to our lives. Once useless, these scraps are rebirthed into cherished artifacts.

 
Mo
Woman in the Straw Hat
 

My beautiful friend, Bethany Cochran, recently reached out to me to ask if she could paint one of the photos from the Spring Summer 18 collection. I immediately jumped on the opportunity because her art is simply stunning. She is an impressionist artist here in Charlotte, NC and her work focuses on portraiture and figures.

Art and artists have been an inspiration for many of my designs and collections. I love finding commonality in an artist's work and meditating on their aesthetics and artistic choices. It feels strange, yet exhilarating, to see it come full circle and see something I've created made into a beautiful painting. 

The Spring Summer 18 collection was one of my favorite collections to date. It was so true to my personal style and the things I love to wear, that it felt like I was sharing a deep part of me. Like the collection spoke to who I was. It felt grounded and connected with the earth, easy and stress-free, and feminine and flattering.

Photography by Sadie Culberson

Photography by Sadie Culberson

When I received the photographs from the photoshoot there were a few that immediately stood out to me. Because the shoot was so "unplanned" in many regards (with only a few starting point inspirations) I didn't know exactly what the photos were going to look like. But I was blown away how they turned out. This was one that particularly stood out to me. When Bethany sent the options of her favorite photos she'd like to paint, I immediately chose this one. While the photo is stunning, Bethany's rendition is remarkable. I am blown away by the attention to detail and craftsmanship. Truly at a loss for words.

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Artwork and photographs by Bethany Cochran. For more information on her work, visit her Etsy shop at bethanycochranart.etsy.com.

 
Mo
Flora + Form x Two Fold: An Interview with Danielle Romero
Photo taken by  The Mango Market

Photo taken by The Mango Market

Today is the official launch day for a new collaboration between artist Danielle Romero of Flora + Form and Morgan Wagstaff (that's me!) of Two Fold Clothing. Danielle and I have been insta-friends since a little after I launched Two Fold and I have been a big fan of Danielle's work for years, admiring it from afar. More than just her work, I've always been intrigued by her sense of self and individuality. Her humble nature comes across in her demeanor and how she portrays herself and her work on social media. 

I have such admiration for other mediums of art. Personally, I am not a great painter or sketch artist. While my strong-suits don't lie in certain mediums, I have dabbled in quite a few other forms of creating and know the time, effort and skill it takes to create a minimal painting, simple white ceramic piece, etc. Danielle's refined aesthetic speaks to her ability to pair down and hone in on only the necessities while keeping her abstract, subtle form, color and texture.

I always find it so interesting to learn more about an artist's process and lifestyle, so I caught up with Danielle and asked her a few questions.

Photo taken by  Danielle

Photo taken by Danielle

In your own words, tell us what it is you do.

I like to say that what I do is simply create. Many like to label me an artist (and I have given myself this label many times as well) but for some reason I haven't yet become fully comfortable with that designation haha.

Where are you from and how does that play into who you are today and the art you create?

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Miami, Florida. My parents, and more so my dad, constantly had my brother and I outdoors, exploring in nature, so I believe that is where I get that love and fascination for our natural world from.

What does beauty look like to you?

It's difficult to say exactly; I find so many things beautiful, and beauty in so many things. I honestly think there is beauty in every single facet of life, one just has to perceive it as so.

 What are three things that are inspiring you right now?

Trees, although they always inspire me so I don't know if that counts; perhaps more specifically the phase trees in my area are in at the moment. Almost all of them are blooming with flowers and seeds. Birds are also really inspiring me right now. I have been making it a practice to listen intently to them every morning on my walks. I'd say the third thing very much inspiring me at the moment is ancient architecture. Architecture in general inspires me greatly in that I am fascinated by the ways humans separate themselves from nature in the form of shelters and in the modern age, cities. I am equally intrigued by how architecture has the ability to be used to create a shelter (separation) from nature, while at the same time connecting to it through specific design elements.   

Photo taken by  The Mango Market

Photo taken by The Mango Market

Do you have a morning ritual?

I definitely go through phases of rituals, but for the past few months I have been going on daily walks in the morning. I love this and would like to continue this ritual for as long as I can. 

Who or what are you listening to right now?

Lately, I have been glued to Oprah's Super Soul Conversations. Also the band Khruangbin.

What does your ideal Sunday look like?

I actually have quite a few ideal Sundays, but the simplest and most common I actually achieve is - a morning walk followed by coffee (decaf). Then spending some time in my garden/yard just observing, a quick hour or two of painting or creating after that. Making a nice lunch and then putting on my swimsuit and laying out on the grass to get a bit of sun mid afternoon. If it is cool enough out, which currently it is definitely not, one of my absolute favorite things is to make a campfire in the early evening. My boyfriend and I will have a cocktail or two by the fire before making dinner and then go back to the fire after eating. Finally, I love to end the night with a good movie. 

Do you have a favorite film or group of films? What is it you love so much about that film(s)?

While I don't really have a favorite film because I just love too many, one film I can honestly watch anytime is The Big Lebowski. I don't know exactly what I love so much about it, perhaps just the energy of the film. I find it quite funny, and easy to watch...

Explain the creative process behind a new collection/design. Where do you start?

I typically always begin with a theme or overall direction. From there I go into sketching and color palettes; although sometimes a color palette is the theme I begin with. I feel I need a lot of time to sit and almost observe the theme during this time. Then when I feel a particular sketch or two is ready, or if the deadline is fast approaching haha, I jump into the final work. 

Photo taken by  The Mango Market

Photo taken by The Mango Market

What was your inspiration behind the "bloom" design you created for this project?

I was inspired by the femininity of spring and summer; mainly the way so many flowers in my area were blooming and waking up to a new growth in the next phase of their life. wanted that to translate into the print and ultimately into the person who wears it.

If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be? 

Don't worry so much.

What is one thing you think the world needs more of?

Personal internal reflection and growth. Hopefully this will lead people to having more empathy which I think is another thing the world really needs more of. 

Is there anyone (any type of artist) that their work has always inspired you?

I know she is a popular choice, but Georgia O'Keefe really inspires me. Although not as much for her actual body of work, but more so her life and lifestyle. I have very reclusive tendencies and I feel a big need to be alone often. I love the idea of living at Georgia's Ghost Ranch in the middle of that breathtaking landscape, exploring in nature daily and creating as a result of that environment.

Photo taken by  The Mango Market

Photo taken by The Mango Market

What do you think of success? Do you think you've achieved it?

My definition of success has changed many times over my life. Currently, I would say that success for me would be achieving a somewhat specific lifestyle I am envisioning. With that said, I am also becoming conscious to the idea that true success is achieving internal peace and contentment despite the lifestyle, environment, or situation I am in. And no, while I believe I am making good progress, I have not achieved neither the lifestyle I envision nor the internal peace haha. 

What drives you to keep going?

I've attempted to define this myself, but I cannot. My drive to keep going comes from a place within that I have not yet become very familiar with. I am working on tuning in to that place, but it is a bit difficult for me. All I know for sure is that it is there, in the depths of my being.

In tough times (politically, personally, etc.) a lot of artists run to their art to express themselves. Do you find yourself doing the same? What is most therapeutic for you?

When I go through anything emotionally difficult I immediately turn to nature. I find myself needing to be alone and specifically outdoors more often than usual during these times in order to think clearly, reflect, and simply cope. This results in more creation for me though as inspiration is almost always ignited through my time spent in nature. 

What is happiness to you?

I don't feel I can actually answer this question yet. I am learning that for me personally, like success, the truth about happiness lies deep within myself in a place of origin. I have visited this place extremely briefly through different moments in my life; the longest time spent, and strongest felt moments have been when I am completely mentally and spiritually immersed in nature. Those moments have produced extreme and other worldly feelings of ecstasy. These short moments are the only times I can say I've been absolutely happy.   

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Photo of Danielle with a piece of her work (taken from  Instagram )

Photo of Danielle with a piece of her work (taken from Instagram)

Mo
What's the Hold Up?
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Hey, friends.

I haven't been as present as I'd like to be these past few months. I find myself pulling away from social media and computer work when things are as crazy as they are right now out of sheer necessity. We've had more orders than ever before, so all of my time and energy has been spent on production. While having the influx of orders has been a true blessing, and I can't thank you all enough for your support, there have been a few hiccups and growing pains along the way.

Because TF is only just over one year old, I don't have a lot of past experience to base projections off of for upcoming launches. In preparation for the busy summer and the projects we had coming, I brought on two amazing interns. The plan was to have these incredible ladies help with things other than the actual sewing (like cutting, packaging, etc.), so I could spend my time at the machine. While they have been the biggest help, and I couldn't make it through the summer without them, we have had to take some time to train and teach them how I do things.

Up until this point I have done everything myself – a true one-woman show. I am very particular about how each garment is cut out, constructed, and packaged and can be quite meticulous to ensure the highest quality of each piece I send out. It has been quite a change to go from doing everything myself to having someone else take on some steps of the process and teaching them how I do things. Because of that, we've been taking a little longer to get orders out the door. Being that I am still the only one sewing every garment, we've had to extend our lead time to four weeks (much longer than I'd like). The past few seasons, while they have been successful, did not prepare me for the influx of business we have received this season. I am blown away by your response to this collection. It has been amazing to see our following grow and connect with more amazing women.

Additionally, we've hit a few snags when reordering fabrics. We were recently a part of The Garment Travel Pop-Up. For the pop-up, we wanted to offer the army green and an exclusive black colorway that would only be available during the duration of the pop-up. When I went to order these colors in the linen I was currently using, I was informed that those two colors were sold out and would not be available for another two months. We were really set on offering these two colors, so I went back and forth with the mill to find an alternate linen we were happy with. I'm so glad we were able to find a solution because you all are loving these colors.

In preparation for this pop-up, I enlisted some help from a small factory in South Carolina to sew about a third of the orders. I knew there was no way I would be able to sew the projected amount of orders within the four week lead time on my own and didn't want to extend that timeline any further. My ultimate goal is to keep everything under one roof, but at this stage, I am just not able to hire long-term help and sustain. They are working as quickly as they can, but they have been a bit overloaded as well and are taking a little longer than planned to get the pieces made and sent to me. I received the first wave of pieces and shipped them out this morning. The next shipment should be coming in sometime next week, and those pieces will be shipped as soon as they come in.

I want nothing more than to be transparent and honest about where we are, what we're up to, and what you can expect. While the last couple of months have been a whirlwind and we've had a bit of growing pains, we want to grow gracefully and responsibly. It is quite an oxymoron, but with growth comes some of the greatest challenges. Growing pains are inevitable and are to be expected, so I can't thank you enough for your continued support and patience as we work through these long lead times and  bumps in the road.

I do hate that you're intentionally-purchased pieces are taking longer than planned to get to you. I never want to have to say things are taking longer, but it's where we are. I'm trying to embrace the process. It's humbling to learn and share with you all that I'm not a machine and I'm only human. There will be bumps in the road. Just know we are working diligently behind the scenes to get your pieces made and sent out. I would rather spend the extra time ensuring your pieces are made to the highest quality, than rush through them just to get them out on time.

I can't thank you all enough for your support of this little brand I've created. It still baffles me seeing something I've created become loved and cherished by someone else. You all make my heart sing, and please know I am working my butt off to get your orders to you!

xo,

Morgan

Mo