Thursday, February 26, 2009

Globe Article on Fort Pointer Doreen Hing

There's a nice article in the Globe on Fort Pointer Doreen Hing of Plank Designs fame.

At Plank, originality is no stretch

By Courtney Hollands, Globe Staff | February 26, 2009

A friend dragged Doreen Hing to her first yoga class seven years ago. And after the beginner jitters subsided, she just couldn't get over the blah yoga accessories and apparel around her.

"All the mats were basically default blue or nasty purple," the British-born Hing, 42, remembered. "The bags were hippie chic, with Chinese symbols or 'om' or 'breathe' on them."

So the former kids shoe designer for Sam & Libby and Mootsies Tootsies put humor where her mat is. She commissioned Christopher Harting to take cheeky photos, which are then screened on recyclable, biodegradable Ecolite material. There's a mat featuring two handprints in dense shag carpeting - very trompe l'oeil - and a mat that looks like an actual plank of wood, referring, of course, to the yoga pose.

Jennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon, Ellen Pompeo, and other celebrities have all saluted the sun on Hing's Plank mats. The South Boston designer also created a line of functional, roomy canvas totes with straps to attach a yoga mat for the fitness enthusiast on the go, and a line of coordinating, candy-colored pony-hair clutches and bags.

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