All Photos by Jon + Moch Photography
Approximately one month ago, I decided to sign up for floral design school online. I’ve been working on the media side of a local floral business, and though I deeply enjoy curating beautiful social media feeds and designing aesthetically pleasing websites, I wanted more. I tried my hand at piecing together foliage and florals and thoroughly enjoyed the process of designing with a natural medium.
Understandably, this consistent itch and urge inside to dig deep and unearth my creative side often leaves my schedule bursting at the seams. Typically, my creative endeavors layer behind responsibilities as a wife, a friend, a sister, a daughter, and my daily vocation that brings an income.
This layering process of responsibility and passion can, at times, produce a sliver of wiggle room. Do I have several hours to get dressed in the morning? Well, no. Who does? This busyness can be invigorating and life-giving, yet certainly requires balance. Having a closet full of thoughtfully designed, beautifully fitted, grab-and-go garments is a welcomed compliment to my thick schedule. The real dilemma? How to select classic, everyday, pieces for the uniform dresser that still leave you inspired day in and day out.
My solution is The Florist button-up, thoughtfully made by Power of My People. Tailored to give your silhouette structure without feeling stiff. Unique pocket placement and stitching design providing visual interest, while remaining classic. Perhaps you’re looking at this garment and think, “holy pink.” Sure, it’s vibrant! It’s vivacious! It’s powerful. This color gives its wearer a boldness and confidence, while drawing in the curiosity of others.
Power of My People was started by Jessica Matthew and Kyle Kozma in 2015. Back at the start, Kyle would cut fabric on their apartment floor, while Jessica carefully sewed together each masterpiece. The turnaround time? 18 hours to construct a shirt. Needless to remind you, this duo has a vast understanding and respect for garment workers and the attention to detail required to make even one classic button up. While their garments are still ethically made in Vancouver, Jess and Kyle’s production methods have since evolved, passing on the craft to talented technicians and masters of this trade.
Much to my intrigue, the words “classic” or “minimalist” are rarely coupled with “colorful.” However, as a self-proclaimed “colorful minimalist,” I enjoy amusing pops of color with clean, simplistic styling. Bright and bold shades can be understated and refined when styled thoughtfully. The Florist embodies this perfectly.
Button-up shirts, though, can be a dime a dozen. As simple and timeless as button-up style is, the shirts themselves are not easy to master. First there’s fabric. Soft, thick or textured? Design. Stripes, plaid or 60’s print? I suppose next would be fit, which is maybe the most important feature. For me that is. Put all these together and we end up with endless interpretations of the button-up, with vast arrays of subtlety and nuance.
Power of My Power has made a button-up with all the essential features dialed in: The Friend. And just like your comrades of old, this shirt is dedicated to you and the life you live. It’s made in Canada from 100% soft linen, good for cool days or warm nights. With a solo chest pocket and a loose, breathable fit, The Friend will be easy to style.
I had fun dressing it up with slacks, dress shoes and my thrifted winter coat from Korea. It’s superbly comfortable and fits relaxed around the body. But The Friend could just as easily have been worn down, untucked with blue jeans and messy hair. Whether your aesthetic is a parade of pink or a calming cream, Power of My People has your back.
If you bop on over to Power of My People and see something you enjoy, feel free to use discount code ADAYPACK to receive 20% off all full price items in the shop.
Note: Thank you, Power of My People, for gifting us The Florist and The Friend shirts to review for this post. For the sake of transparency, we were not compensated for this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own. Thanks for reading along!