In Greek mythology, Metis (Μῆτις) was a Titan and the mother of Athena, the goddess of the arts and wisdom. By the era of Greek philosophy Metis had become the goddess of wisdom and deep thought, but her name originally connoted “magical cunning.”
It had been prophesied that Metis would bear extremely powerful children: the first, Athena and the second, a son more powerful than Zeus himself, who would eventually overthrow him. Because of this, Zeus tricked Metis into turning herself into a fly and promptly swallowed her, but he was too late: Metis had already conceived.
In time she began making a helmet and robe for her developing daughter. The hammering as she made the helmet caused Zeus great pain, and eventually Athena leaped from Zeus’s head, fully grown, armed, and armored. Plato makes Poros, or “creative ingenuity”, the child of Metis.
What can I say? I really, really liked mythology as a child. I even dressed up as Athena one year for Halloween (blame Clash of the Titans). These colors not only remind me of Metis’ oceanic origins, but they’re feminine without being saccharine. A simple cardigan-jacket with just enough detailing to make it interesting. Something to wear on those days when your head is pounding and you need something soothing and beautiful to wrap around you…