New York City
Member Since 2010
Name: TANE Organics
Location: New York City
Product: Kimono onesie, hat and booties
After spending 20 years designing knitwear for women, Sheree Lee decided that what she really wanted to do was create clothing for children. That was the beginning of TANE Organics, her one hundred percent natural kids’ clothing line (the name means “seed” in Japanese). What sets TANE apart, says Lee, is that “the core essence of the collection are designs that are connected and interchangeable in texture, colors and silhouettes. Parents, according to their individual styles, then create outfits effortlessly.”
What inspired you to create the kimono onesie, hat and booties?
TANE clothing is inspired by the classic kimono shape. By combining the signature pointelle fabric and the modern rounded shape, this style allows ease of dressing as well as freedom of movement for the baby. The booties were created because I sensed a need and desire for a soft sock/shoe design. The hats were inspired by the traditional shape of a Peruvian children’s hat that’s worn during festivals.
How were they made?
I knew I was going to use organic fabric from the beginning. First the designs were sketched, then fabrics and stitches (for the hat and booties) were conceptualized and designed with the intended shapes in mind. Upon reviewing the prototypes, design alterations and ideas were exchanged with the artisans who made the products.
Where are these products manufactured?
What was the big aha! you had while creating these products?
The language of design is global. A designer is able to make a difference by choosing intentional partnerships and collaborations. By focusing my business and creating great products, by modernizing and evolving traditional artistry, I can empower artisans. And in doing so, I can impact a small community.
Can you describe your creative process?
Inspiration for me can come from a variety of sources, and is very fluid. Nature, history, culture, art, travels, people, emotions and life inspire me. I always carry my sketchbook and a mechanical pencil—I often sketch unexpectedly. But most days, I surround myself with beautiful objects and images, exquisite materials and colors, to envelop myself in the design process.
What do you love about what you do?
I love being able to transfer a thought, a feeling or an emotion to an object. I love the entire cycle of the design process.
How would you sum up your aesthetic/design philosophy?
Quiet elegance, with an appreciation for refinement.
What would you like to do, other than your current occupation?
Be a teacher.