If you know me at all, then you know that A Détacher is one of my favorite brands to wear, one of my favorite shops to visit, and the brand’s designer- Mona Kowalska inspires me to start my own line one day. Recently, I came across two separate interviews of Mona, and I felt like I had to share some of her insight with you. From her hands-on business model, to her approach to designing clothes, the fashion industry would be a better place if everyone took a page from the A Détacher handbook.
Here is a collection of archival A Détacher moments, featuring Mona herself and snippets from the interviews found on La Garconne and StyledByU.
Be sure to read the full interviews for more insight.
Last week I had a chance to visit Lanya Snyder’s West Village home where she hand makes her jewelry line Ora. She launched her line with the Classic Collection of bracelets made from strands of silk braided together and adorned with gold, silver or rose gold beads. Lanya lets her materials lead the way when designing new collections, and hand selects each bead and stone to insure the highest quality product. She recently started using precious gemstones, lapis, jade and diamonds to embellish the silk strands. Worn alone, or stacked and mismatched, these bracelets are perfect for the upcoming music festival season.
Last week I visited friend, and former ceramics teacher Helen Levi at her quirky Williamsburg apartment for tea and pottery. Drinking from tea cups she made herself, Helen walked me through her ceramic collection sighting function and form as her inspiration. Helen’s ability to reinvent everyday objects by introducing them in clay makes her pieces not only suitable for use but also collection worthy. From her ceramic colander to her set of textured drinking cups, its hard to choose which to buy first! Be sure to visit the new Steven Alan Home Shop in Tribeca to see more of Helen’s collection.
(to shop online, visit Of Us NYC)
Motohiro Tanji is a Japanese born designer who creates intricate avant-garde knits that double as art. I find his work inspiring to say the least. Playing with proportion and scale, his knits are anything but basic. Here are some of my favorite pieces by Motohiro Tanji.