I'm super fortunate to be surrounded by a number of strong and inspiring women. My sister is an easy example of someone at the top of that list. I got an earful when she found out that I had named something in Collection I after my mom, but nothing after her.
So, the bottoms for Collection II were a no-brainer. It worked out nicely because I wanted to keep the style the same as the Akiko Jeans, but make a second generation. The main goal was to make a style in colours other than those of an indigo base. My pile of blue jeans didn't need to get any bigger.
Next came the idea for the zipper pocket. I've always liked Vislon zippers, and thought they give the jeans a more rugged yet refined look: which plays to my sister's character. She works in the outdoor industry and is the most adventurous person I know. She also snacks more than anyone I know, so it made sense to make jeans with a cool snack pocket.
Now all I want to do is make a pair of cargo pants...