The Inspiration Behind Everviolet Garment Names
August 29, 2019
Here, at Everviolet, we put intention and thought into everything we do, from the sustainable materials we source, to our ethical manufacturing process, the use of recycled and reusable packaging all the way down to the nomenclature of our garments. Our lingerie and loungewear stand for femininity, beauty and strength, and they gently escort us through every phase of the healing process: Post Operative, Recovery and Beyond. With that in mind, our pieces are more than just items of clothing – they hold a message, a gift and a wish for wellness. Everviolet inspires women to renew or redefine a sense of self following change, and our garments are named for the different constellations (which are named after goddesses) they represent. To learn more about the inspiration behind our style names, read on.
The Astrid Collection consists of the Astrid Jersey Bralette with Lace, Astrid Jersey Bralette (as seen on Kaitlyn below) and the Astrid Brief Panty, all designed to offer comfort and elegance following lumpectomy, mastectomy, cosmetic surgery or reconstruction. With more support than typical bralettes, the Astrids also serve as everyday basics for all women (even those who haven't had breast cancer!) wanting soft, sustainable undergarments, and are favorites for light exercise, sleep or yoga.
The name Astrid is of Old Norse origin meaning "beautiful goddess." It’s a Scandinavian name, derived from áss meaning "god" and frídr meaning "fair, beautiful."1 We use the name Astrid as a symbol of the inner strength and beauty we employ to navigate many of life’s meaningful events.
The Calla Modal Kimono with Lace (as seen on Barbara below) is designed to be worn after surgery as an alternative to hospital gowns or as an elegant lounge piece. It has wide, lace sleeves to accommodate IV’s, pockets to carry your possessions and a tie waistband for a flattering fit.
Calla as a female name of Greek origin meaning "beautiful.” The Calla Lily flower was named after Calla and is associated with the Greek goddess, Hera. In mythology, Zeus brought Hercules, his son from another woman, to his wife, Hera, while she was asleep to drink her milk. When she woke up, she pushed Hercules away, and drops of milk flew across the sky to create the milky way. The ones that fell on the ground grew into beautiful lilies and when Venus, the goddess of love, beauty, and desire, saw the lilies she was jealous of their beauty. She cursed their beauty by placing a large yellow pistil in the middle of the flowers. Because of this story, some associate the Calla Lily with Venus and thus with lust and sexuality.2 We use the name Calla for our loungewear collection, to inspire feelings of femininity, sensuousness and elegance.
In addition to the Maia Sustainable Jersey Camisole, we offer the Maia Front Close Bra (as seen on Barbara below), which is best worn after surgery, throughout recovery and beyond, or for light exercise or yoga.
Maia is a blue-giant start in the constellation or Taurus. It is the fourth brightest star in the open star cluster, Pleiades, also known as the Seven Sisters or Messier 45. It is among the nearest star clusters to Earth and is the cluster most obvious to the naked eye in the night sky.
The name Maia originates with the Greek: Μαῖα and Latin: Maia meaning “mother, grandmother or nurse,” making it the perfect name for the pieces that nurture our bodies during acute healing phases.
In Greek mythology, Maia was the goddess of spring, from whom we derive the name of the month of May.3 Maia was the eldest daughter of the seven beautiful sisters of Atlas and Pleione, which are also stars in the Pleiades star cluster. Maia was impregnated by Zeus, conceiving Hermes, the messenger god. Maia and her sisters were being pursued by the giant huntsman, Orion, but turned into doves to preserve their safety. She is sometimes referred to as the grandmother of magic, as Hermes is believed to have been the first to master the art.4
In addition to the Vela Brazilain Panty, we have the Vela Wireless Bra (as seen on Shaunelle below), which is our most structured and supportive soft cup. It has pockets for pads and prosthetics and a delicate, scalloped lace neckline with full coverage to avoid scarring and pain points after lumpectomy, mastectomy, cosmetic surgery and reconstruction.
Vela, Latin for "sails of a ship," is a constellation in the southern sky that was originally part of a larger constellation, the ship Argo Navis, which was later divided into three parts, the others being Carina and Puppis.5 We feel this is a beautiful name for our most feminine collection, one that is often worn when acute healing is over, as one sails back into life.