taylorson-design-elizabeth-raftopoulus.jpgsimple and inventive design

I started Taylorson with a specific design, fabric and color in mind. A twist (literally) on the idea of combining a white tank and tee by way of a featherweight knit.

The design dictated the fabric and was balletic in inspiration. I’ve always loved the translucent layering of dancers leotards - delicate and diaphanous -and I wanted to interpret that multi layered look into a single white draped tee. Pared down and simple – standing out on its own but also functioning as an elegant backdrop.

The inventive result is an overlay and underlay that are one connected fluid length of fabric with a spiral drape. Align the side seams for a close fit - twist the side seams to the front for an easier fit.

A white tee connected to a tank with a twist. - simple and inventive.

Simplicity meant liberation from the dry cleaner. The practicality of the design had to flow through to its wearability - machine washable and pill resistant.

Creating the knit that met these objectives was an enormous challenge.  I scoured the globe for the right spinner and knitting mill, and went through countless iterations of yarns, combinations and knitting methods….each attempt falling short, yet closer to my ultimate objective.

Five years later, when it all came together, Taylorson (the English translation of my last name) was born.

Simplicity also meant a distribution model that eliminated middleman costs resulting in a price point that is as comfortable as the garment.

Simple and inventive design will continue to serve as the foundation as our line expands in both color and design.

Elizabeth Raftopoulos  

Founder

 

about the company

We are based in Los Angeles. Our proprietary fabric is the product of a partnership with one of Europe’s oldest family owned mills. We produce our garments in NYC and they are available for sale exclusively through our e-commerce store, direct to consumer with free shipping on all orders.

 

about elizabeth

Elizabeth’s sense of design practicality originates from her youth, as a Greek immigrant growing up in the Deep South in a DIY household. She received her self-financed fashion design education from Parsons School of Design in NYC - followed years later with an interior design degree also from Parsons.  Her experience in NYC at various design houses and start-ups helped crystallize her passion for creating uniquely designed clothing, rooted in simplicity and versatility.

She ultimately succumbed to the lure of palm trees in winter and year round sunshine, choosing LA as the home of Taylorson.