CrOp by David Peck’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection is a tall, cool drink of water on a sweltering summer’s day. Ethically produced in Houston, the womenswear line builds on the brand’s trademark bold prints and vibrant hues yet several new, subtle variations make it uniquely its own. Peck invited Ecouterre to preview his latest and explained the inspiration behind the designs that will carry us into fall.

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Peck immediately drew our attention to a set of books that had been converted into diorama-like collages enclosed within the book cover. The small works of art are visual expressions of what provided the inspiration for his latest collection. One of them, a set of origami figures, even appears as a digital print on several of the designs. Peck explained that for CrOp S/S 2013, his main inspirations came from maps, a “Comprehensive Make and Do” encyclopedia he had as a child and poems by Eugene Field, a distant relative of the designer.

Peck has maintained his signature style while adding a few surprises for S/S 2013. For instance, from the front, a boat-necked evening gown seems quite conservative but with a simple turn, the plunging open back leaves a lot exposed. Sporty racing backs make a regular appearance on everything from tops to long dresses. Peck also plays with materials and textures, creating sheer cut-outs that he combines with materials such as silk, hemp and organic cotton. While some may be hesitant to combine the lively tops and bottoms, Peck highly encourages it. In fact, this season he has given his fans one less excuse not to do it- he has done it for them by creating separates that look dresses and dresses that look like separates.

Beyond great designs, Peck is also environmentally aware. For instance, he has chosen silk noil, a material that incorporates shorter fibers that are often considered waste in the silk spinning process, as the base material for a series of bold, block color designs. He also uses digital printing processes on his fabrics, meaning there is a much lower environmental impact than that produced by traditional printing techniques.

Peck places great emphasis on meaningful job creation and is aware of his potential to have a social and economic impact. The designer prides himself on being able to say all of his garments are “Made in the USA.” In fact, the name for his brand, CrOp, stands for “creative opportunities,” something which he has continually strived to create for those around him. He is adamant about reviving Houston, Texas in order to make it a fertile landing ground for any fashion designer that wants to call it home. Beyond his own collection, the David Peck Factory in Houston has already produced collections for several other local designers.

Keep your eyes on David Peck as he continues to rapidly build upon his CrOp collection which launched in early 2010. A portion of all proceeds goes towards a selected cause which the designer has yet to announce for the S/S 2013 collection.

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