FOR SPRING 2024, LAFAYETTE 148 CELEBRATES NATURE’S PRESENCE IN THE CITY, WITH A COLLECTION INSPIRED BY THE BROOKLYN GRANGE ROOFTOP FARM.
Lafayette 148 presents “The Gardens of New York” for Spring 2024, a collection celebrating nature’s thriving presence within the urban environment of New York City. Drawing inspiration from the Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm—located directly in front of the brand’s New York headquarters—and the unexpected co-habitation of the botanical with the architectural Manhattan cityscape, Spring 2024 channels the deeply creative pursuit of urban gardening and the distinctly human connection to nature it cultivates.
A soft, sun-faded aesthetic abounds throughout, underpinned by a sense of ease & comfort that echoes nature’s organic movements & beautiful imperfections. The co-habitation of nature & cities is artfully expressed in eco-printed and jacquard botanical motifs depicting the leaves & flowers spotted growing in the Brooklyn Grange’s rooftop gardens. Intricate hand work lies at the heart of Spring, nodding to the tactile, deeply human element of gardening—from hand-stitched floral embroidery to macrame knitwear. The House’s heritage of modernizing & feminizing vintage uniforms is channelled through reinterpreting the classic garden’s uniform, seen in everything from workwear apron-inspired design details to gardeners’ straw hats—a symbolic final touch to a collection whose versatility brings a harmonious binding to both nature and the city.
“Looking out the window from our design studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, we have a unique perspective on New York City with the extraordinary Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm growing against the backdrop of Manhattan’s skyline. Seeing their garden be tended to, change and bloom is a daily reminder of the botanicals that inspire so many creative pursuits, and the tangible, deeply human connection to nature that gardening cultivates. I love that these unexpected greenspaces are sprouting up all over the city, just waiting to be discovered.”
—Emily Smith, Creative Director