The idea of sustainability and using discarded objects (as Hesse did) to create new pieces of clothing is of extreme importance to the Tome designers. This season, they’re using new materials like recycled polyester generated from PET bottles, recycled cotton blends, and linen and hemp from women-owned mills in Peru.
Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin are always looking back in an effort to move forward. They pick apart the pieces they’ve designed in the past and reconstruct them for a new moment, building on their brand DNA in a way that doesn’t seem forced. This season was probably one of the finest examples of their self-referencing; their signature pleating and wrap styles took on a new life for Resort 2019. Lobo and Martin were inspired by the artist Eva Hesse and her serene, pastel-tinged color palette. Riffing on Hesse’s minimalist work, the designers incorporated layered stripes and check prints on micro-pleats and sashes to mimic a 3-D surface on the garments. The signature shirting and trousers had a new kind of volume that was as dynamic visually as some of Hesse’s most provocative sculptures. Specifically, Lobo and Martin made note of one of the artist’s breakout exhibits, which was built from found objects left behind in the old German textile mill in which Hesse worked and resided for a period of time.