LILLAGREN: ˈli-lə gren (n.) Lilac branch. From Danish lilla and gren. Represents integrity, sturdiness and beauty. Named in honor of an old white lilac bush and Danish heritage. LILLAGREN products are made in Seattle, Washington.
THE BRAND Make the Details Matter. It’s a sentiment, a directive, a brand purpose. Notice things. Appreciate beauty in the little moments. Be informed. With LILLAGREN, everything I do is about making the details matter.
For me, this means creating accessories to be both beautiful and useful. It is the way I design fabrics, research materials, and individually sew each product. It is why I seek more sustainable resources and methods. (I am very happy to announce that the newest scarves are 100% natural/organic silk!) I believe that what we choose to wear, and how those items come to be, are not details to be taken lightly. For you, this means thoughtfully handcrafted usable art.
Hi, I'm Jeanine Matthews. As the creative force of LILLAGREN, I am inspired by smart design, urban texture and botanical form. I love to photograph these city and plant elements. I see beauty in details, and use the images to make original fabric designs and accessories. I spent many years as a designer in corporate and studio environments; fortified by lifelong accumulation of aesthetic opinions, a master’s degree in landscape architecture and an ancient fine arts degree in graphic design. In 2015, LILLAGREN grew out of a desire to merge my professional experiences with personal interests in photography, textiles and sustainable fashion. I wanted to capture bits of the character of a place; what draws me in, what makes a story.
With the old sewing machine I learned on as a kid, in my pink studio (wall color chosen by my girls when they were young), I began to create and sew. I experimented with fabrics and printing and left-handed hemmed edges. I set out to make accessories that I would wear and that felt meaningful. And now, I do.
Storied Silk. Scarves that capture a glimpse of a place, expressed in distinctive images and words. The two current LILLAGREN collections are CITIES & PLACES and STICKS & STONES. The CITIES & PLACES Collection features lush duotone photographs, enhanced with excerpts of poetry by Arabella Matthews. In the STICKS & STONES Collection, bold photographs of city details combine with fitting adjectives and descriptions in handwriting of Isadora Matthews, redefining name-calling words. (And yes, those two are related to me).
The scarves are versatile and incredibly soft on the skin. For each design, I create two unique fabrics using 100% silk crepe de Chine. This natural material is ideally suited for both coolness and warmth, and considered to be the most durable of the cultivated silks. Printed in the US, with non-toxic inks and a digital process that uses less water, electricity and fabric than conventional textile printing, the custom silk fabrics are printed in small batches. Every scarf is hand-sewn with two complementary fabrics, one at a time. Designed from start to finish as usable art.
Make the Details Matter.
LILLAGREN is a proud member of the American Sustainable Business Council, Seattle Made and Common Objective.
Established in 2009, the ASBC is a network of businesses and business associations that have committed themselves to the triple bottom line of People, Planet, and Profit.
Seattle Made is an initiative to grow and support our urban manufacturing and producer economy.
Common Objective (CO) is an intelligent business network for the fashion industry. Matching members to work in the most sustainable way.