- Lauren Dreiling of Hopestone Studio mixes silk matka with a silk dupioni lining to create a long figure in her “Long Circles Jacket.”
“There is a segment of the population that wants to wear what other people recognize, and then there are our customers,” explains Lauren Dreiling of Hopestone Studio. “They travel and want their wardrobe to match.”
Hopestone is named in honor of its founder, longtime shibori artist Joyce Fogle. Dreiling was one of her first employees in the mid-1990s, but moved to Tulsa, Okla., and Houston, Texas, for careers in information technology and energy trading before she received a call that Fogle was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.
Dreiling left Houston in April 2009 and purchased the business, renaming it Hopestone as a reminder of the power of the physical prayer stones present during Fogle’s illness. She studied alongside Fogle until she died in October of that year. In many ways, Dreiling returned to her roots; she had studied textile design as an undergraduate.
Today, Dreiling pursues an elegant and sophisticated style for women in the 40-plus demographic. Her silk and wool jackets feature understated detail and refined color combinations. She mixes fabrics from trade shows with silk her team hand-dyes in the Bartlesville, Okla., studio.
“The silks offer a more formal air,” Dreiling says, “while the wools dress down the same style, making it easier to wear all fall and winter.” Fit is also essential. The team uses dress forms to design a new pattern, but relies heavily on real women trying on the garments when making modifications.
How do you build on a founder’s legacy? “I have been working with the line, creating transitional pieces and slowly adding in styles that reflect my own aesthetic,” Dreiling explains.