I should be writing my website copy today. It's funny how there is a hierarchy of tedious tasks and when you have a more tedious one to do, the other less tedious one gets done instead. Though I'm sure there are some people in this world who do the tedious ones first.
Why de Beauvoir? Well, as you may know, my designs are all insipired by mid 20th C writers. I started with Beckett and then went on to Mitford, du Maurier and now de Beauvoir. In fact, I am not a literary expert on Simone de Beauvoir. It's more a theoretical knowledge of her being JP Sartre's partner, and her feminist work (La Deuxieme Sexe). So my two years of French Lit gave her a context. However, in my research I seem to have amassed a number of photographic books of that era. I found a picture that I kept returning to by Brassai and this gave me the idea of doing a yoke with gathers.
(Apologies for no accents or umlauts; life is too short to learn how to do this on my Mac.)
I've seen the samples, which I did in one of the Organic Moorit Herringbone Tweeds. It looks great, I'm really excited about it. I have tried it on a few people.
I've also done this version as a short coat -- covering the hips. I think this might be quite a good seller as it looks good with jeans and you can throw it on when you get on a bike or something. I've made the second version in size 10 with Hebridean Dogtooth.