Olicana to Bring Sophistication Stateside
About this new collaboration, Zina—who has been a close pal of mine since I discovered her great sense of style at an antiques market in the Hamptons decades ago—says, “Part of the excitement of beginning a new phase in life is the unexpected things that are happening—many of which have sprung up when I least expected them! Along those lines, I never thought I would be representing a decades-old textile mill, Olicana, from Northern Yorkshire, in England.”
The Olicana story begins with a partnership between two families, the Hortons and the Harkers—the logo of the company still depicting the intersecting H’s.
Zina describes how she met Ian Horton in London in the late l990s when he was showing his fabrics at the London Design Fair one fall: “I loved the natural nature of the colors, the weave of the cloth, and the variety of ticking, stripes, & patterns available.”
Zina was the in-house interior designer for the retail shop INSIDEOUT in East Hampton at the time, and the fabrics fit the vision she and her partner had for the store—a lifestyle boutique with fabulous products for the garden and for dogs and cats; and upmarket samplings of food, furniture and accessories. The kicky venue even included a Brimfield-inspired yard-sale section.
It was great fun to walk through the shop, which held the quintessential freshness I have always equated with Zina’s interiors and retail shops. “We sold the fabrics in the store, and also specified them for many residential projects,” she explains. “Twenty years later, I am pleased to represent OIicana and the Horton family in the US and Canada.”
Zina’s showroom will be housed in Maine Country Home at 371 Main Street in Rockland. It opens this Saturday, May 14th, and I can’t wait to see the variety of large samples she has chosen—about 100 in all—which can be borrowed for sourcing. She will also order directly from the mill in England, the lead-time about three days for shipping. “Custom orders require about 4 weeks,” she says, “and orders will carry a 20-yard minimum.” I’ll be Instagramming during a trip to visit her and the shop in late June so stay tuned for pics of the store.
Text of Olacana to Bring Sophistication Stateside © Saxon Henry, all rights reserved. Saxon is an author, poet and journalist. Books include Anywhere But Here, Stranded on the Road to Promise and Four Florida Moderns. She also maintains The Diary of an Improvateur as a platform for her literary travel and design adventuring, and is a contributor to Architizer.