Each year, koi founder Kathy Peterson racks up thousands of miles seeking out the latest fashion trends.
One trend she noticed in her travels was the growing popularity of dip dye, tie dye and ombre in the fashion world. She loved the look and wanted to duplicate it for the scrubs world.
But there were challenges…
You can’t really do dip dye on the synthetic blends that are so popular in the scrubs market. And tie dye is typically a hand-done process where the design is irregular, inconsistent and not easy to control. Kathy wanted to create a garment with the look of dip dye, but with more consistency in the colors as well as the placement.
So Kathy gave her design and production team the impossible task of coming up with the garment she pictured in her mind.
They grumbled and pulled out their hair as Kathy rejected sample after sample. But they kept at it. After a lot of trial and error, they arrived at a solution that lived up to Kathy’s expectations.
Instead of using the typical dip dye process, the team instead engineered a print that replicated the look of dip dye.
The result was a consistency you could never achieve with the dip dye process.
The team was able to ensure that each garment was cut the same way and control the exact placement of the colors on the garment, ensuring the ideal progression of dark to light colors and making sure the sleeves would always match.
Best of all, the team was able to create this look, as Kathy requested, using our original koi Lite fabric.
In the end, the koi team achieved the impossible.
So check out our new ombre tops in our just released Spring ’18 collection. The garments may seem simple enough but now you know how much effort went into creating them.
Our koi Lite Reform ombre tops are available in Electric Blue & Navy, Mulberry & Grape, and Flamingo & Black. Look for them at your koi retailer or online.