Started by Amy Ayanda Lester, AA Studios comprises many facets. Amy, after graduating in Fine Art, studied Business and slowly began building her clothing label, now Lili&Frank (her sister brand). AA Studios is influenced by the incredible South African landscape and the inherent feminine nature that she holds. They make beautiful artworks for the home and durable, handmade slow-fashion items for the closet.
Amy’s Lili&Frank clothing line includes timeless, feminine pieces for the wardrobe while the artworks, created by Amy Ayanda Lester herself, are expressive and elusive, caught like dust on a surface, imagined and real. All of the fabrics are sourced locally by Amy and her three-year-old daughter, Frances, who she is currently homeschooling. Lili&Frank has two amazing pattern makers and graders, Claudine and Catherine, who help Amy’s visions become a reality. The patterns are then taken to Bev who has a team of CMTs right around the corner from where Amy lives.
Her goal is to produce high quality, detailed products for the home: from artworks to linens, to clothing for not only the mother but soon little ones too. Amy prides herself in building this business as slow as possible, focusing on attention to detail, nurturing notions of slow living, and in turn teaching our children to live slower and to add beauty every step of the way.