When I begin designing, it is the tactile sense - the texture of a material, how it drapes - that demands my full attention. Achieving the right fit, the right cut, is paramount. In a sense, I’m working in black and white, in the sculptural world, the world of form and proportion.
Floral sorceress Katie Chirgotis of Eothen transforms every space she touches, whether she is weaving artful garlands of pale botanicals along mantles or suspending poetic nests of florals and feathers from the rafters.
The world's oldest pharmacy, Santa Maria Novella, in Florence, is not only a cultural treasure, celebrating its 800th anniversary three days ago, but an innovative creator of natural, handmade products that become essential luxuries.
Within every piece of clothing that we love are two intertwined elements. There is the designer's aesthetic and vision that defines the brand — that which draws us in, which intrigues us. The second essential element is the production, the physical creation.
Above all other fabrics, cashmere has been the defining material for my collections. I just began working with a double-faced weaving technique that has two "right" sides, two faces. This allows both sides of the fabric, rather than just one, to be equally soft and plush. I found the idea of taking luxury into the realm of ultra-luxe very seductive.