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This Summery Checked Tablecloth is Also a Jacket

Every garment in July Londono’s new clothing line, Homewear, morphs into a unique accessory for the home.

(Photo: Eileen Lu)

Remember when zip-off cargo pants were a sensation? Dads and outdoor adventurers aside, the appeal of clothing designed to do double duty—trousers that become shorts, reversible jackets, sneakers that become clogs—lay in the satisfying, often gleeful act of transforming them into something else, then experiencing the same thing in a different way. July Londono, a former Eckhaus Latta intern who just earned her B.F.A. from Parsons School of Design, takes the concept in a new direction with a line of garments that morph into accessories for the home. Called Homewear, the collection (which was also her thesis project) includes a pajama set that becomes a pillowcase, a coat that doubles as a bath towel, and a poncho that converts into a shower curtain. The strongest piece is a gingham cotton jacket that turns into a tablecloth; complete the setting with placemats formed by a Brooklyn summer–worthy top-and-pants outfit. According to Londono, Homewear explores the potential for fashion to extend beyond the body and into the domestic landscape. Being her first fashion collection, it’s one that requires further refinement (some pieces, which simply snap or hang onto everyday objects made of the same material, are more camouflage than convertible), so Londono is spending the summer in her native Colombia expanding the line, experimenting with such innovations as a pair of house slippers-cum-rug. If she can swing it, she could introduce a whole new dynamic between our clothing and ourselves.

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