In VOGUE: Loomstate 321!

One Dress, Three Ways: Loomstate’s New Reversible Collection

Loomstate 321’s teal, pink and gray Akan dress: Option 1 
Paired with pointy Manolo Blahnik slingback pumps in pastel hues, the teal Tencel fabric looks polished enough for daytime dressing.
 Loomstate 321’s teal, pink and gray Akan dress: Option 2 
In playful hot pink, the sundress feels more like something to throw on with lace-up K Jacques sandals and Tom Ford sunglasses.
Loomstate 321’s teal, pink and gray Akan dress: Option 3 
Chunky Charlotte Olympia platforms ground the super lightweight dress, making it a great addition to an urban wardrobe.
Photographed by Jeremy Allen

In this multitasking millennium, is it any wonder that we’d like our clothes to serve almost as many purposes as, say, our phones? Loomstate’s latest project, a collection of reversible pieces called Loomstate 321, won’t tell you in an automated voice where the nearest dry cleaner is located (though their washability and wrinkle-resistance renders that information unnecessary anyway), but as far as fashion goes, the eco-friendly line offers plenty of great looking, all-in-one options for spring and summer. Made from sustainable Tencel—a fabric derived from wood pulp that feels no different than soft, stretchy cotton—the individual dresses and tops are built from several thin layers of various colors that, with a flip, can be swapped—so a single teal and pink sundress with gray lining can be gray and pink or green and gray or gray all over. It’s basically another way to approach sustainability, points out Loomstate’s Rogan Gregory. “Reversibility is inherently reusable and valuable,” he says. And though the easy tank and T-shirt shapes look simple, their geometric cuts and slightly-off colors are the result of elevated influences like German-American artist and theorist Josef Albers, Mark Rothko, and Piet Mondrian. “I spend a lot of time in Montauk, so I know women can wear these to the beach,” Gregory says. “But I also imagine wearing them in New York under a blazer or with heels. The possibilities are endless.” To support that,’s Leslie Kirchhoff took advantage of an unseasonably warm afternoon to play around with Loomstate 321’s Akan dress. See how she switched up her style in the slide show above.

Loomstate 321 Akan dress, $228;
March 21, 2012 10:31 a.m.

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