The Riverbank was actually my second choice, but I have fallen more in love with it over time. I asked the fabric buyer to search for pastoral themes. Toile du Jouy, cottagecore, easily matchable field / meadow scenes, etc.
They first found a gorgeous fabric that I called "The Village" which was an adorable folksy rural mural. I immediately asked them to buy it for me, but the entire bolt of fabric was gone the next day! But the same shop had The Riverbank, which was like a garden paradise untouched by humans. Bunnies, lions, peacocks and waterfowl, dogs and horses run free, butterflies rest on flowers, trees are heavy-laden with fruit and the winding river runs clear.
Besides just being pretty, just studying at the fabric and ruminating on all the fine details was balm to my anxious brain. The more I looked, the more I found. I wanted to experience that kind of peace. It was an idea of utopia that I could literally wrap myself in and shield my body from the unstable, dystopian reality of current global events.
Iin a way, being in the business of corsets, I don't just sell pretty things. I sell an ideal - a feeling of being at peace with your body and your identity, a congruence of self within and without, a feeling of both strength and softness, of confidence and preparedness. A corset can represent both culture AND counter-culture, the orderly AND the wild.
And I feel like The Riverbank on (what many would consider to be) an undergarment is a quiet statement that we may often need to hide our idealism and sanguinity in current circumstances, but it will never be killed. Our hope is our hidden strength which protects our hearts and holds us up when the world wants to beat us down.
In Order: Hourglass Overbust in The Riverbank, Special Order Colorway in The Riverbank, and last but not least, Gemini Round Rib Longline in The Riverbank!