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Globetrotter | Cathryn Collins

Cathryn Collins?s New York-based label I PEZZI DIPINTI is dedicated to producing the world?s best cashmere, creating ultra-soft cashmere knitwear alongside cashmere and linen textiles. Founded by Collins in 1988, the label is truly a global effort; Collins works closely with talented artisans in South Asia and Italy to design pure cashmere shawls and a team in New York to craft bespoke furs.

Cathryn Collins?s New York-based label I PEZZI DIPINTI is dedicated to producing the world?s best cashmere, creating ultra-soft cashmere knitwear alongside cashmere and linen textiles.  Founded by Collins in 1988, the label is truly a global effort; Collins works closely with talented artisans in South Asia and Italy to design pure cashmere shawls and a team in New York to craft bespoke furs.  Collins?s wares aren?t just beautifully constructed, but aim to support artisanal traditions threatened by mass production?she?s been collaborating with some of her artisans for decades.  To get a peek at the label?s secret?and exclusive?treasures, stop by the label?s Manhattan atelier (it?s by-appointment only) or snag an invite to one of Collins?s yearly trunk shows in London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and other trend-centric locales.

 

 

 

Please list 5 of your favorite stores anywhere in the world.

45 rpm:  169 Mercer Street, New York, NY,  +1.917.237.0045

 

 

How did you discover it? Through the owner of my favorite Japanese restaurant across Mercer Street.

Why do you think it is cool? Rpm makes the most sublime limited edition, utilitarian, "work" clothes...denim, cotton, wool, dead simple, dead chic.

What does it carry/what do you buy there? I buy white khaki cotton shirts, incredible bandanas, web belts with hand-hewn wooden buckles, and sublime sweatpants.

 

 

Montaigne Market:  57 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris, France,   +33.1.42.56.58.58

 

 

 

How did you discover it? I know the owner, Liliane Jossua, from St. Barth.

Why do you think it is cool? Liliane and her husband (and her business partner) have what I can only attempt to describe as bad ass, aristo, rocker, haute bohemian style. They put together the best edit of the clothes I like or might wear, everything from Balmain jeans to Tooshi and Missoni bikinis to James Perse cotton tanks.

 

 

What makes it unique? On an avenue populated by all the big boys and girls of European fashion, MM hits the ball out of the park. And if you're like me and don't have a lot of free time, you can cruise Liliane's edit and avoid trekking all over town.

 

Aspesi:  Via del Babuino, 144, 00187 Rome, Italy, +39.06.32.30.376

 

 

How did you discover it? I first saw Aspesi in a friend, Roberto Russo's shop on Capri maybe 12 years ago.

Why do you think it is cool? Pared down, men's wear-ish clothing for women using men's wear tailoring standards...their actual men's wear is great too.

 

Egg:  36 Kinnerton Street, London SW1X 8ES, UK, +44.207.235.9315

 

 

How did you discover it? Walking on Kinnerton Street in Knightsbridge ages (decades) ago.

 

 

Why do you think it is cool? Maureen Dougherty who owns it is a bizarre combo of larger than life Irish (I think) moxy and sublime, under the radar Japanese minimalism, deconstructivism. India and Scandinavia somehow figure into her visual/product landscape as well and it all lives brilliantly together as curated by Maureen.

What does it carry/what do you buy there? Amazing hand loomed textiles, jackets, hats, bags...but these "easily understood" words do not in any way describe what Maureen has or what she does.

 

 

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