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Case Study - Tommy Bahama

Designs from the Design Library's collections can be interpreted in many different ways on finished
products. Often designs are used quite directly; sometimes a pattern from the archive serves as a
starting point, igniting the flow of designers' creativity and resulting in wonderful new visual solutions.

One of the Design Library's most coveted categories of design is Eighteenth Century Prints, as
seen on this page. These beautiful prints may be edgy geometrics or flowing florals on printed cotton.

One of these designs supplied just the right look for a men's shirt for Tommy Bahama. During a
regular seasonal visit to the Library, the Tommy Bahama design leaders discovered our eighteenth
century collections and their ideas flowed from there. Pictured to the left are the original design –
a flowing floral on a cream ground – and Tommy Bahama's direct interpretation on the shirt.

This is just one of many thousands of success stories in the Design Library's history of supplying
the perfect inspiration for designer's needs.

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"When we found the Design Library it was like going to design heaven. They are a
pleasure to work with, extremely professional and knowledgeable, and boy do they have
designs. You name a style, period, medium and they have it and know righh where to
find it in their vast library of designs. We love working with them and would highly
recommend them!"

- Teri Stillwell, Director of Fabric Crafts, Americana Group, Inc.