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Meet Andrea, designer at Tidal Cool at the May 10th Flea

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Hello to Andrea of Tidal Cool

I design for the modern woman who likes to look a little edgy without going over the top. My designs are easy to wear, flattering for many body shapes, and incorporate a lot of color and print. My most recent collection, Resortwear 2015, has looks that will fit in any women's summer closet with tons of versatility! I also make some men's clothing, and men's and boy's neckties. All of my designs are made from scratch, I do the patterning, cutting, and sewing in my studio.

I love color, the more vivid, funky, and bold, the better! I love to buy fabrics when I travel, and I currently have clothing made from wax block prints acquired in the street markets in Capetown, some unusual prints from Costa Rica, and some ties from Jamaican fabric. Prints and color make people happy, and confidence is the first step to looking beautiful!

I have a few staples in my collections that will pop up again from time to time, in different prints/fabrics. I consider these my signature pieces, and usually have a variety of sizes in stock. I do not consider my clothing to be trendy, so a staple piece bought this year will still be fresh and modern in 5 years. I also do a lot of one-offs, with pieces that I create for a magazine fashion editorial or the runway, or just as a creative outlet.

I'll also have henna art available at the Flea! I blend my own organic henna paste from henna powder, lemon juice, essential oils and sugar, so you don't have to be concerned about PPDs or chemicals that are often found in pre-made henna cones. My stains last 1-3 weeks, and are a beautiful reddish/brown color. A beautiful way to start your summer!