“The frame of the cave leads to the frame of man.”
To say 2020 and early 2021 have been a challenge would be the understatement of the century. We’ll probably never see another event that affects virtually every human being on the planet so drastically (I hope!) and for so long. While it’s been so eventful, it’s also been a time of no travel, a lack of social interactions, adventure and spontaneity. It’s felt very empty.
We’ve been relegated to our homes like cave dwellers sheltering from a harsh winter - modern day troglodytes. That thought led me to the quote above, from architect Stephen Gardiner. Our home environments have such a big effect on our mood and the effect is only magnified when we’re forced to spend so much time there. The little quirks and annoyances of our places seem so much worse when we’re spending literally all day in those spaces. It’s no wonder then that so many people are in a more poor mental state than before the pandemic.
It’s up to us, then to mould our “frames” to create better mental headspaces. We need to actively design our physical environments to provide a sense of calm, serenity or whatever we need to be centered. The same thing goes with our clothes. The choices we make can reflect our mood, or, I strongly believe - alter them.
That is the goal of the Troglodyte capsule - to use buttery soft fabrics and inviting colours while gently poking fun at our collective fragile mental state to provide a bit of levity in some dark times. Whether you’re just looking at photos on this site or Insta or copping some pieces, I hope they hit you the same way they did for me when I was making them!