Meet The Creatives: Blair Breitenstein

The renowned fashion illustrator has created an exclusive capsule for us – go behind the designs in the first of our new series which looks at the world of the makers who’ve shaped our collection this season.


Monday, 19 August 2019


Blair Breitenstein
Fashion illustrator

Blair Breitenstein is famed for her smudgy charcoal and watercolor sketches of chichi doe-eyed girls, which turned her into an art-scene darling; our collection this season was influenced by the movers and shakers of the art world. So we joined the dots and asked her to collaborate with us on a capsule for men, women and kids. Here, the Seattle-raised, New York-based artist talks inspiration, fashion vs illustration and embracing mistakes.

"I always seem to include a little 60s flair in the girls I draw. Brigitte Bardot inspires my work, as well as the work of Henri Matisse."

"How would I describe my art? Quirky, approachable, exaggerated, expressive, colorful, modern."

"I love all the pieces in the collection. The colors are earthy – like marigold and blue – yet the images are a little punk."

"I also love the way the designers layered my drawings with their designs – you're wearing fashion illustration in a discreet way, which is really unique."
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"I never use an eraser – I like embracing mistakes. I think this adds an element of playfulness to my work."

"I work from many inspiration photos. I’ll pull a pose from one and a facial expression from another – and then I just start drawing. I don’t like to plan my drawings out."
"Fashion illustration allows me to express my love of fashion. I’m a girl who appreciates clothing – the shapes, colors, textures. However, I like to be comfortable, so my closet doesn’t always reflect my love – but my drawings do!"