By Sima Mpahla
Maybe you know this already, or maybe you’ll learn something new today (like I did), but ‘Día de los Muertos’ or The Day of the Dead (also referred to as ‘All Soul’s’ or ‘All Saints’ Day), is an annual Roman Catholic Holiday, celebrated throughout Mexico and much of the Roman Catholic world, like Italy, Spain, South America and parts of the Philippines, over 1 & 2 November. Over the course of the two-day holiday, family and friends gather to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. Sounds like you’re reading one of those classic Chappies bubblegum wrappers, doesn’t it? Well, this wonderfully commemorative holiday, along with other Mexican festivities, was the core inspiration behind the designs of our latest collab with designer Andrea Barras.
FEAT. sock co. loves to do collaborations with local creatives, and you would’ve seen quite a few from us over the past year. Our latest collab was with the creative behind Bird & Design, and we’re very excited about it! When Andrea approached us about a possible collaboration, we thought she would be a great fit…we love her design aesthetic and thought she would create something beautiful for our socks…and she did! We also loved teaming up with a creative from another part of the country, Kwazulu-Natal. Andrea creates “unique identities, websites and other print materials for passionate freelancers, entrepreneurs and bloggers who want to grow their businesses and ideas.” She says, “I love my work for its diversity and the chance to meet so many great people and learn so many new things – more often than not, my clients turn into friends, and I love to cheer them on from the sidelines.” And we love this about collaborations too, and look forward to cheering Bird & Design on from the sidelines in the months and years to come.
Creatives are often asked what the inspiration is behind the work they put out into the world. Andrea told us that the inspiration behind her ‘Mexican Fiesta‘ and ‘Sugar Skull’ socks sprang from her love of the colourful design of traditional Mexican life, and she loves the deeply rooted heritage that mixes folk art, religion, florals and bold colours. She also added, “and of course, let us not forget the fun to be had with tequila!”
Below, see some pictures of Andrea’s incredible sock designs. You can purchase these two designs in UK size 8-11 and UK size 4-7 through our online store and soon to be in selected retailers. We also have some exciting combos, which we will tell you more about next week…
See more of BIRD & DESIGN here: http://birdanddesign.com/