From the Mud Grows a Lotus is a metaphor for life. A lotus flower can only grow in mud: this is it's foundation. The lotus rises unsoiled from it's murky origins into a blooming, beautiful flower. Buddhists (and Daoists too) view the lotus as a symbol of humanity's true nature: pure, awake, and enlightened. At our core this is who we are.
Yet the world is dirty and messy, forcing us to grow from dark places. Out of these depths we can still transform into a thriving lotus, untainted by the mud below. We need the mud to survive. It's Yin and Yang, light and dark, happy and sad - this is the balance and nuance of life.
For this new collection, we wanted to embody the lotus flower as it grows from the mud. We are the lotus - interweaving with one another, embracing oddity, and growing to become the most realized and awake versions of ourselves.
We hope you enjoy this collection, thank you.
BIG THANK YOU 谢谢 AND GRATITUDE TO THE TEAM:
Creative Director, Designer: Kelly Wang Shanahan (@theziran)
Photographer, Director: CrystalLee Farris (@crystallee_farris)
Hair + Makeup, Video + Editing: Cherilyn Farris (@cherilynrachelle)
Set Design: Lucien Shapiro (@lucienshapiro)
Studio: Wvrk Studio (@wvrkstudio)
Demi Yo'ko (@demi.yoko)
Ari Garber (@arigarber)
Lily Kweon (@lilykweon)
Grace Oh (@graceunheaoh)
Ryan Tanaka (@riverine_)
Shahana Jaffer (@shahanajaff)
All garments hand cut and sewn by Luis Quintero.
Campaign shot in Los Angeles, October 2021.