Sneak Peek: March Collection Inspiration

March is finally here (well, almost) and that means a new collection! March is one of our favorite months for a multitude of reasons. It’s that first glimmer of hope that spring is coming. The days become longer, and the sun makes a few more appearances than prior months. We start to see more green and maybe even some flowers! Spring break is around the corner with Easter on its coattails. There is so much to be excited about in March and our designers wanted to reflect that in this month’s release.

We spent some time with VP of Design, Madeline Katzel, to learn more about the design process and inspiration that brought March to life. Keep reading to sneak a peek at some of our March prints and find out her favorite styles this month!

There are 65 styles releasing in our March capsule (yes, SIXTY FIVE), so you can rest assured there is a little something for everyone in this release. Whether you’re shopping for family Easter styles or starting that spring break packing list, we have you covered. Let’s find out what Madeline is most excited for this month…

MJC: What are a few words that describe our March release?

MK: “Fruit, flowers and ice cream — conversational things that remind us of spring.”

MJC: How does the March release differ from February?

MK: “If February was dipping our toes into spring, March we’re in full-on spring mode! The sun is shining. We’re some place warm and happy for spring break.”

MJC: Where do you even begin when designing patterns for a month and season?

MK: “We designed these prints to match what she’s doing this time of year. We have a cute bunny print perfect for Easter. We know she’s definitely going to have ice cream when she’s on spring break vacation. Maybe she’s going to Florida, so we included some fun citrus fruit!”

MJC: This is the first swim release of the year! What can you tell us about this collection?

MK:Yes! We actually have three separate stories within our swim collection to capture EVERY girl. All of the patterns are designed to coordinate so you can mix or match and it will all go together really well.”

MJC: Let’s chat more about Easter. How is this capsule different than previous years?

MK: “We know that pastel colors are typical for Easter and although we love them, we wanted to give them an extra boost of energy for spring for that special MJ twist. The palette is inspired by Easter egg hues, just amped up a bit to transition seamlessly throughout the season.”

MJC: What are some of your favorite styles from this release?

MK: “I LOVE the Turning Purple Dress for girls. It’s a very simple style with little flutter sleeves and lets the pattern really shine. That dress is everything for me! I love all of the women’s dresses because they coordinate so well with our girls styles, but look great on their own. My favorite would have to be the In Season Dress. It’s so cozy and almost feels like a sweatshirt, but looks fancy and special to wear dressed up!”

MJC: Before we go, can you tell us if there are any heritage styles making a reappearance this month?

MK: “Fans will be happy to see the Knot Dress back this month in a special print, perfect for Easter! This dress has been around since the very beginning and we’re excited to have her back in such a playful way.”

Excited for the collection? Start making your wish list and get ready to shop on Sunday, March 1!
     

One Style, Three Ways: Take Another Trip Tee

There are a lot of important qualities to consider when shopping for new clothes. Style, comfort, quality and versatility are often at the top of the list. We strive to check all of these boxes when creating our collections each season. One of our favorite women’s styles from our February release is the Take Another Trip Tee. This cream tunic-style tee is super soft, very comfortable and incredibly versatile! We chatted with our VP of Design, Madeline Katzel, to get her top styling tips to get the most out of this simple tee.

MJC: When was the Take Another Trip Tee first launched?

MK: “We launched the OG Take Another Trip Tee in Fall 2019. It quickly became a customer favorite, so we had to bring her back ASAP in a soft, buttery white.”

MJC: What do you love most about this tee?

MK: “Hands-down the versatility, softness of the fabric and the fact that it looks great on EVERYONE!”

MJC: Could you style it a few ways to give our customers a little inspiration?

MK: “Sure! This is the kind of top you can wear so many ways…”

“This tee looks so great with your favorite pair of jeans and a fun poncho during the day — perfect for lunch with friends.”

 

Shop the Skies Are Grey Raincoat and Women’s Jeans

 

 

“Get comfortable in leggings or joggers for your weekend errands. Toss on a denim jacket if you’re chilly or wear it solo. Slip into some cool sneaks to keep it super casual.”

 

Shop the Women’s Legging

 

 

“Switch out your pants for dark denim and layer on a leather jacket to take your look to date night or a girl’s night out! Add a fun leopard belt to really make a statement.”

 

Shop Women’s Jeans

 

How would you style this top? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Shop the Take Another Trip Tee

     

How Our February Prints Came to Life

In case you missed it (although we’re sure you didn’t), our February collection released earlier this month and has been a huge hit with Trunk Keepers and customers alike! Full of colorful patterns, playful designs and plenty of coordinating styles so your littles can match, there is so much to love this month. We caught up with Print Artist, Maggie Szott, to learn what inspired her this season and what it takes to create the perfect print!

MJC: In just a few words, tell us about the February collection!

MS: “It’s playful, bright, unexpected, fun and made with love!”

MJC: Describe your approach when working on a pattern for a new season.

MS: “Our patterns are always mindfully chosen to convey the theme for a new season. We start by gathering various inspiration elements and create pattern boards for each release. Next, we carefully put together the color palette and then I begin my pattern design.”

MJC: “Do you create patterns digitally or by hand?”

MS: “It all depends on the feeling I want the pattern to convey. Some patterns require pen and ink sketches with an overlay of color to show movement or texture (like the Easter bunnies pattern), while others can be done digitally. I love both methods!”

MJC: “What is your favorite pattern you worked on for February?”

MS: “Do I HAVE to choose one? I love them all! But, my favorite ones are usually the conversational patterns. They are always so much fun, unexpected and whimsical!”

MJC: “We know you worked on the cupcake print featured in the Let’s Talk Dress! How did you begin working on that one?”

MS: “The cupcake print was so much fun to do! I knew I wanted them all to look super yummy and be filled with sprinkles, hearts, stars, fruit, fun and joy!  There is a cute little donut shop near my home that always has these amazing donuts that look like cupcakes, which inspired this print for sure! In the beginning, I chose the colors and started with the fruit. Since I knew I wanted six different cupcakes to create a nice variety within the print, I began playing with different toppings and shapes. After each cupcake was complete, I arranged them into a pattern and recolored it in multiple colorways. It’s one of my favorites!”

MJC: “Wow! How long did it take for you to work on the cupcake pattern?”

MS: “Just a couple of hours. All of the elements are individually created before combining them to form the whole cupcake. Each one is unique and special in its own way!”

Do you have any questions for our designers? Comment below and we may answer it in an upcoming post!
     
Bridget - February 18, 2020 - 1:10 pm

Beautiful! What sort of things/places inspire your designs? I’ve really enjoyed the color palette this release!