More than two months into sheltering-in-place, when my friends and I talk about what we are missing most, conversation always comes back to one thing: Travel. I miss the thrill of exploring a new location, taking in new smells, sounds, and discovering the art and culture of a foreign place. That's why Phillip Jeffries's summer collection couldn't come at a better time.
The collection, called Savanna, takes as primary inspiration the continent of Africa—which, as anyone who has been lucky enough to travel to one of its many countries knows—encompasses a vast range of landscapes and cultures. That's what makes it a perfect connecting thread. Savanna incorporates color palettes from the lush rainforests of central Africa, rich textures inspired by the Serengeti, and patterns that invoke seaside cities like Cape Town.
The collection also incorporates some patterns that originated in Africa and have since been disseminated throughout the world. The Kuba Cloth pattern, for example, presents a new take on the famous Congolese textile.
And of course, with part of the collection inspired by safari, there's plenty of animal print, too—and not just your standard leopard and cheetah. There's a unique striped motif that reads like an abstracted zebra pattern and ZebraWood, which marries a zebra stripe with the look of paneled wood. If it's wanderlust you're looking to incorporate into your home, this is a good place to start.
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