ODE TO SUNDAY is a socially conscious independent women's line that sources Lithuanian fabrics to create the most beautiful minimal basics that you NEED in your life, including the linen Hanna pants, Ofelia skirt, and white Uma tee you see here. They also devote their website to speaking with creatives about how they spend their Sundays-- hence the name Ode to Sunday! :) Read on to learn more!
How did you get started in design?
Agne: We both come from backgrounds in graphic design and photography. So creative work is not foreign to us, we also attended art school before studying at university. When working in design I felt that I'm not realizing myself fully, that was one of the main reasons the Ode to Sunday project emerged.
Vaida: When working in photography I loved the human connection, getting to know different people. I also often contributed to the development of the image, taking care of various details. This was probably one of the main reasons that prompted the creation of our own independent label.
What are your design inspirations?
Agne: I like simplicity, clear forms, earthly colors and clean design. I like to search for inspiration in daily life and I can be inspired by very different things, as much as the beauty I see in nature and the people I meet in the street.
Vaida: Usually I'm inspired by visual things - a landscape, a city detail or photograph.
How does the place you live in infuence your design aesthetic?
Agne: We're living in a country where all four seasons are present and they let us see the changes happening in nature.I'm always amazed by the changing colors of the seasons. In autumn when there are no leaves left and it seems like all is gray and bland, but then the subtle colors are much more vivid. Though it's not my favourite season, but the earthly color palette is the most beautiful for me.
What is your mission statement for Ode to Sunday?
Agne: If I would sum up this in one sentence, it would sound like this: to be in the moment and see the small things happening around you.
What other creative outlets do you have?
Agne: I like photography, but it's more of a hobby, I'm not doing it professionally.
Vaida: Since childhood I like to engage in a variety of crafts related to textile, such as embroidery, knitting and weaving.
Describe a typical day at work and also a day off.
Agne: Since we're working by ourselves, it's still quite hard for us to maintain a strict schedule. I try to compile a "to do" list in the evening and start the day from the most important things that I need to accomplish that day. If I don't do this then I mostly start from the easier work which is not that important. My work day looks like this: at first I check my email, then work a few hours, then during dinner I have a break and go to the gym, then when I return I work for a few hours more.
Vaida: The first half of the day is the most important for me. I start the workday with a large breakfast and a cup of coffee and then I start working. The work is extremely varied - replying to emails, preparing packages for shipping, discussing, making plans and so on. I try to stick to the schedule and have time off in the evening for myself.
On weekends I'm enjoying longer mornings with a book, after that there's rarely a plan, I let the day flow naturally. We visit relatives, ride bicycles and if the weather is bad - we stay at home and watch films.
What's next for your line?
Agne: Recently we added a range of new models to the Ode assortment. Later we plan to introduce new colors, more neutral tones and also new silhouettes, which will differ from the ones available now.