Ken's Single Blog post
February 23, 2015
What the ocean and island life mean to you and how it influences you as a designer of island wear.
The ocean and island life mean everything to me. It is a place where I truly learned to be with nature. To be free. The spirit in the island air is calming.
It is well known there is something called “island time.” Island time comes from living from the heart. Getting away from mechanical constructs of time, if only for a little while, is refreshing. The reason behind it is simple and easy to understand… all of our needs as people are taken care of on the island. The land nourishes us with delicious tropical fruits and coconuts. The pure water cleanses the worries and negativity of the day from our minds and bodies. It brings to heart what truly fills our cup as humans and makes us feel fulfilled and alive… the ‘good life’ starts from the pure water of the oceans and rivers, the nourishing foods, and family life.
When your cup is full you are on island time. Its gift is a taste of freedom. Island living helps to recognize the need to honor the land and water to stay free. If we don’t honor the water, how will we live? If we don’t honor the land, we will struggle to grow food that nourishes us. If we stop honoring the life around us, a different, less preferred clock starts ticking! Life is just more fulfilled on ‘Island time’.
Island time showed me everything is within reach. A safe place where food grows from trees, where the oceans and rivers are not only refreshing and enlivening to swim in but are also full of life themselves. It is easy to fall in love with island life.
As an artist/designer I want to share the freedom that island time has shown me. Island time and island life is a large part of what influences my art, that combined with Eastern philosophy and meditation. Paradise and island time is everywhere we allow it to be. It is my goal to share a glimpse of island time with people through my art. For our beach and casual wear, our intent is to use material for fabric grown from the earth in a regenerative way. I only wish to employ people who will be proud of their work and make a sustainable wage. The designs themselves may have an air of sophistication, but are playful and easy to wear at the same time.
My gift to you is refined art for everyday living. My gift to you is island time.