The creative duo behind Lack of Color have just launched their most refined collection to date- Remember When. Artfully combining modern style with historic references, the Remember When 2016 collection gives a subtle nod to the past while offering a bold new look.

Featuring a new fedora and boater style as well as the completely new dome hat and Western cowboy style hat, Lack of Color have taken inspiration from rock and roll idols, golden era movie stars and retro style icons. We chatted to powerhouse design duo, Tess and Robert, about their latest collection and their proudest moments to date.

Could you start by telling us a bit about your respective backgrounds? Was fashion something you’d always had an interest in?

Fashion is always something we have both been heavily interested and invested in. Tess was the manager and buyer for an online boutique. Rob is a graphic designer by trade and has been an avid photographer for 10+ years.

What inspired you to create Lack of Color? Why hats specifically?

We were inspired by style as a whole. We had a small vintage hat collection of our own and thought that hats needed to be revamped and made relevant again.  

How has the label evolved since its inception in 2011?

The label has really grown from strength to strength. We started with some very simple styles and have evolved our collections and designs dramatically since starting the brand. We have experimented with different materials, finishes and trims. Beyond design, we have been able to evolve creatively with our campaign imagery and overall brand identity.  

Your pieces have been worn by everyone from Gigi Hadid to Emily Ratajkowski. What has been the biggest ‘pinch me’ moment for you both thus far?

Being able to do what we do on a daily basis is pretty amazing for us. Seeing our pieces worn by style icons is always a cool moment. It was also exciting when Rob’s photo from our shoot in LA last year with Isabelle Cornish featured on the cover of Collective mag.

How to you push yourselves to create something unique each season?

It’s important to make a collection flow and work cohesively together, but to also make it wearable. Some people still aren’t too sure about hats so it’s important that we push the envelope just far enough and find the right balance between unique and wearable.

Can you tell us a bit about your ‘Remember When’ collection?

This collection is vintage inspired and definitely our most polished to date. Drawing inspiration from decades gone by, this latest collection has taken classic hat styles that have stood the test of time and given them the LOC touch. While hats of one form of another have existed since pre-historic times, it’s only relatively recently they’ve become the ultimate style symbol. We drew inspiration from rock and roll idols, golden era movie stars and retro style icons.

Is there a hero piece that you are particularly proud of this season?

We absolutely love The Lolita. I think it goes without saying that it is absolutely amazing. The vintage French ribbon from the ‘50s is limited edition and is seriously some of the most beautiful material we have ever come across. You need this piece 😛

Finally, what can we expect to see next from Lack of Color?

We are going to keep building on what we have established over the last few years, making sure we keep our customers close and continue to do what we do. Keep an eye out for our next collection, dropping October.


About The Author

Gemma Watts

Gemma Watts has worked in the fashion media industry since 2012, writing for and being headhunted by some of the country's leading fashion and beauty companies. With a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing and a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) under her belt, Gemma is able to combine her two greatest passions as Couturing's Fashion Editor- fashion and writing.

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