Fashions of a Feather Flocktail Together PDF Print E-mail
Written by Linda Palacios   
Thursday, 13 May 2010 22:18

Fashions of a Feather Flocktail Together
One local fashion designer started making her own hair accessories because she couldn't find exactly what she wanted. Check out these feathery fashions that'll have everyone flocking for their own.

When she couldn't find what she was looking for when she went shopping, Leslie Schall, a fashion design student at the College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning at the University of Cincinnati, decided to take matters into her own hands. A feather hair accessory is what she wanted, so a feather hair accessory is what she made. And then she made some more.


More and more people started complimenting her on her fashion-forward artwork, asking her where she got it and if she could make a piece for them too. So she decided it was time for a name for her growing business. 051710FASHION2.jpg


Schall and some of her girlfriends brainstormed words having to do with feathers and birds, but Schall also wanted to include the element of fun in the name. The end result merged "flock" and "cocktails" to form the name Flocktails.


Each Flocktail Schall creates stems from her artistic vision. She starts with some sort of antique brooch, which in itself is an art piece, she says. Then she carefully selects feathers to adorn the brooch. With stripes and polka dots and colors galore, the feathers provide a wide selection of "paints" for Schall to put on her canvas.


Getting the feathers is another process all together. "It's just been kind of a unique road," Schall says, and that road has led her to eBay stores, Michaels, Hobby Lobby and even a peacock breeder. The lady who breeds peacocks asked if Schall wanted the feathers after the peacocks shed them.


From a peacock or not, the feathers help Schall visualize each piece, but Schall also finds inspiration on her travels. From South America to Europe, Schall looks to other cultures and fashions to influence her own work. For example, 1209KROMBHOLZ.gifSchall recently visited Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the abundance of leather started the cogs turning in her creative mind.


Now Schall is expanding her accessory line to include headbands, belt buckles and leather cuffs. Leather won't be taking over the Flocktail brand, though, as Schall will keep feathers in the mix.


For more information about Flocktails and how to get your hair in one, head to theFlocktails Facebook page.




Photographer: Tiffani Fisher

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