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Ace & Jig

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ace&jig is a textile love story. in 2009, we set out to create a seasonless women’s collection from one fabrication: our own yarn-dye, woven fabric. we wanted to create timeless garments from our own textile designs, as interesting in texture as in color and pattern. effortless clothing that could be worn in many ways, for many years. 

     we are constantly inspired by our own ever-growing textile collections. at the start of each new season, we sit down with our most exciting finds—from the feedsack bags of antique french linens to japanese boro quilts—and begin to create our own woven story.

     our search for the ideal manufacturer led us to India, where we found experienced textile specialists weaving on anient wooden hand looms. several times a year we travel there and work one-on-one with weavers to create our authentic fabrics. our indian partners share our core values and practice the holistic kaizen philosophy of continuing to improve. not only do they provide free childcare, but they also use reclaimed water to grown organic produce for their employees.

      our colors and silhouettes shift, but each collection is anchored by the stripe. we believe yarn-dye stripes, whether created by alternating textures or through pops of saturated color, are an iconic and timeless medium, and an endless source for reinvention.

ace&jig is based in brooklyn, new york, and portland, oregon, and is composed of cary vaughan and jenna wilson, who met more than ten years ago as fashion design interns and instantly bonded over their shared loved of antique textiles.  after cary gave birth to daughter alice and jenna had her son james, they felt the time had come to collaborate again. thus, ace&jig was born.

 

Alashan Cashmere

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Alashan Cashmere Company was founded in early 2004 by Donald Fox. Donald had spent the prior 11 years at one of the most respected cashmere groups in the world - Forte Cashmere Company. With skills and knowledge gained from trading in cashmere raw materials and finished product for those 11 years, it was an easy decision to start Alashan Cashmere Company when Forte Cashmere closed its doors in 2004.

The name Alashan refers to an area of western Inner Mongolia Province, China. The Alashan region, through a combination of climactic, geographic and dietary conditions, is the literal home to the world's finest cashmere and camel hair. During each fiber collection season, the goats and camels from this region produce the most highly sought after fiber in all of China. Many producers seek to add Alashan cashmere and camel hair to their product lines. The garments, knit or woven, that are made from Alashan fiber have an unrivaled handle and softness.

Amaya Textiles

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Founder Pam Schaecher has a passion for fine fabrics. She launched Amaya® after 35 years of living, working, traveling and raising a family abroad. It was during her travels throughout Europe and beyond that she developed an appreciation for exquisite textiles and the cultural impact materials have on the fashion industry.

Inspired by the vibrant and intricate designs of saris and shawls she experienced while attending traditional Indian weddings, Pam created Amaya® to present this extraordinary artistry in fashion to North America and Europe.  Her enthusiasm and expertise for superior fabrics and palette combinations stem from her prior careers in interior design and image consulting.

A person who purchases an Amaya product is not only selecting a hen embroidered piece, but also buying a work of art that can only be made in select villages in India.  As a company, our goal  is to provide very unique clothing made in only very limited numbers, which means each item will always retain its individuality.

When one purchases an Amaya, he or she is also supporting men and women (mostly) who need employment and who have painstakingly learned a craft that is centuries old.

Anouk Grewal

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From the drumbeats of Africa to the shores of Ibiza mixed with heady vibrance of Brazil...a label called "Anouk Grewal" was created.

Freedom, sensuality, elevation of colors, embodied with the intricacies of Indian artisans makes this label one of a kind.

From the beach to sunset cocktails, styles that are versatile and easy to wear.

Banago

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Banago has made its mark and has quickly become a favorite amongst the globe trotting fashion industry and has expanded its retail outlets to over 500 doors across the United States and Asia with big name retailers as Jcrew, Anthropologie, Wynn Hotel resorts, Trina Turk, Beams Japan, Nordstroms just to name a few and brand collaborations with Tommy Bahama and TOMS. With its success Banago has been able to expand its production network to over 400 women artisans and plans to expand its product ranges to support more artisan communities in the different regions of the Philippines.

On November 8 of 2013 Banago’s entire production infrastructure and the homes of its artisans and the founders homes were completely destroyed by the biggest typhoon ever recorded in history Typhoon Haiyan, locally know in the Philippines as Yolanda. Since then it has been Banago’s mission to restore the homes and lives of the Banago network and its women. Support BANAGO by purchasing products here on this site and help expand livelihood opportunities for the survivors and victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

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Diana and Julien, a husband and wife team are behind – b l ^ n k – She trained at the Royal College of Art and him – originally an architect – have evolved the company from a small accessories label to the widely stocked luxe brand it has now become. Delicately crafted accessories, exquisite party wear and crafted complementary daywear pieces all subtly displays the – b l ^ n k – "dreamscape". Its base inspiration is drawn from 1920's Hollywood heydays (think the Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald), but merges it with contemporary wit and finally adds a dose of realism to aim at the perfect balance between wearability and desire.

Calypso St. Barth

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Since launching its first store in 1992 in St. Barth, Calypso St. Barth has grown from a modest resort-wear boutique to a luxury lifestyle brand with a passionate international following. Inspired by travel, culture & the arts, the brand reveals unique & feminine pieces, which women of every age have come to love. From exotic dip dyed caftans to luxurious cashmere cardigans, the brand’s apparel and accessories are designed for women to endlessly mix and match into countless combinations of effortless elegance.

The brand’s luxury boutiques, like its merchandise, offer a wonderfully refreshing sense of escape. Calypso St. Barth’s namesake collection is displayed alongside carefully curated pieces from international designers for an eclectic assortment with wide appeal. Visitors not only encounter exquisite textures, rich colors and special embellishments, but a unique sense of Calypso St. Barth’s inimitable joie de vivre.

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{*Conditions Apply} believe the future of true luxury to be about beautifully handcrafted products made with integrity, authenticity and transparency. We use sportswear fabrics alongside traditional techniques and processes to achieve pieces which would otherwise be impossible to mass produce due to its complex mix of processes, techniques and materials. We have built a contemporary approach to “Wabi Sabi” - the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection. It celebrates cracks tears and marks – traces of weathering and time. It is a philosophy, a world view as well as an aesthetic which include asymmetry, austerity, intimacy and material’s innate nature.

Feel good factors: 

- Artisan made and respectfully traded.  

- A remix of traditional skills and contemporary technology.  

- Leveraging the economic engine of the fashion industry for sustained employment generation.  

- Skills that evolve over seasons to build fruitful long term relationships with the makers.  

- A fully Sedex audit compliant vertical supply chain.  

Our products proudly embody a genuine “feel good factor”.

 

CP Shades

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After 30 plus years in the fashion industry, CP Shades continues to mass-produce a hand-made product in America. In addition to CP Shades, we have added 3 new labels: sHiRt, earth and shawl. Each label is distinct yet they all maintain and follow the original CP Shades mantra:

“What you see is what you get.” Garment dyed, uncomplicated, with soul.

Since the company was founded, CP Shades’ production has been based in Northern California. In fact, we pride ourselves on this tradition: We still own our own sewing facility and continue to cut, sew and garment-dye in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Using 100% natural and sustainable fabrics, CP Shades makes simple and elegant clothing in lots of colors. Every garment is meant to be worn over and over again.

David Albow

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A seasonless ready-to-wear collection who speaks from freedom of spirit and celebration of expression. Inspired by everyday adventures, women who travel or dream about traveling around the globe. The collection is timeless, feminine with a touch of modern bohemian spirit. Expressed by relaxed silhouettes, high quality craftsmanship and exotic vibrant artwork from the global tapestry with the most sustainable way. 

"....The magic is in creating an organically unique product that allows the individualized personality to shine through"

David Albow

De Palma Leather

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Bryan started working with leather in 2003, after being inspired to make a hand sewn bag for his then-girlfriend. The initial design led to wallets, belts & a variety of bags, which he began to sell at craft fairs in New York City. While living in N.Y., Bryan's leatherwork gained a following, spanning from the east village to the upper west side. In 2006, after launching the first DE PALMA collection, the line was carried by United Arrows in Tokyo, Japan. Since then, DE PALMA's following has grown to include many stores in Japan and across the U.S. alike.

Bryan's grandparents hailed from southern Italy & his grandmother worked as head seamstress in New York's garment industry upon arriving in the U.S. The DE PALMA brand was named after Bryan's mom... Palma. In the early 1970s she made herself leather bags & a belt for Bryan's father before they got married. The few pieces she made are still worn by his family members today.

Having grown up next to the ocean, Bryan spent time as a kid working on tuna boats & summers working in the fishing industry in Alaska. Bryan is self-taught & his inspiration comes from vintage leatherwork & sea life. Each piece combines traditional craftsmanship with contemporary design.

Most everything is cut, sewn & assembled by hand in California; the hum of a machine in the DE PALMA studio is heard on only the rarest of occasions. The designs are simple, classic & made to be enjoyed for generations. We mark each piece by hand in a subtle way (so there's no label showing). You can spot a piece by DE PALMA by look & quality alone.

Duet

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DUET, the scarf factory merges the influence of a French stylist with the skills of one of the best Indian embroiderers to reinterpret textile traditions of India into a Parisian chic collection.

Guided by Marie Héléne Gautier, an experienced fashion editor, and Tanvi Kejriwal, the new pulse of a lineage of embroiderers,these two women of two generations, from different continents are bringing a modern positive image of the new global culture, creating a fusion of mixed influences.

Already selected by some of the best stores around the world, DUET offers collections with a resort feel for Summer and a soft sophisticated vibe for Winter.

We are using the most exquisite silks, wools and cottons with very colorful inspirations, linking modern techniques of printing with ancient embroidery skills.

Focusing on big sized scarves that can be generously wrapped, kimonos, tunics, kaftans, silk pants, ponchos, every piece has exquisite details, making it a luxury product.

Nowadays, fashion is looking for these one of a kind approaches, which makes DUET a unique offer

Emerson Fry

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Emerson Fry believes in the beauty of the individual.  It is our intention to create beautiful, strong, functional pieces that enhance enjoyment of life.

We are a small independent family owned business. We focus on limited production runs each week of new and existing products.

Our line is produced domestically alongside smaller capsule collections using heritage techniques from carefully selected spots around the world. Our goal is to create jobs and support positive social, cultural and environmental shifts.

Gallabia

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When Etti Zayeg and Merav Hadari first met, it was obvious something special was about to happen. Their common love for fashion and style brought to life Gallabia – a lifestyle brand that incorporates fashion with sport, yoga, travel and culture.

After years of travelling across the world and exploring fashion from various cultures, we have come to the conclusion that comfort and color are the two most important aspects of fashion. It is a known fact that colors can change the way we feel and have a tremendous effect on our self-esteem; and once you combine the right colors with the right outfit – you’re no longer shopping for clothes, but for a great experience.

Having realized that, we developed a unique color scheme especially for our brand. Our colors, textures and effortless forms make for a one-of-a-kind adventure. The brand reveals diverse pieces, from effortless caftans and casual shirts to evening dresses and hand-crafted jewelry. The brand combines timeless ethnic styles with urban styles that suit women of all ages. Our signature item is the caftan, which we took from its original form and turned into an urban, timeless piece.

Since launching its first store, Gallabia has grown from a small boutique brand to a luxury brand with many devoted followers.

Giselle

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She's Italian, from Milan, named Vinci. He's French and named Babi. Their common thread: fashion design. So it makes sense that Paris was their meeting point.

After 15 years growing the fashion brand Shine in a busy urban environment, the couple’s desire to be surrounded by nature, blue sky and sunshine grew. With a riad tucked in Marrakech medina, a retreat from the fast-paced fashion industry and place to seek inspiration, Morocco offered just what the couple was seeking. Swapping the fast-paced life of Paris, the couple’s afternoons were soon spent wandering through the medina admiring the artisans at work, their materials and artisanal know-how, provided inspiration for new ideas.

And so Gisele, an accessories collection inspired by the sunny Marrakech days, was born. Timeless pieces and striking colors are blended with ancestral artisanal know-how to complete a chic and casual basket collection.

And with that, the couple has decided to swap the exceptional light and palm-lined boulevards of Marrakech with those in the city of angels, Los Angeles. But this time with Gisele in tow!

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Johnny Was

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Inspiration is wherever you find it.

The year was 1987, and for the creators of Johnny Was, it came in the form of a classic reggae song released a decade earlier. Living by the beach in Southern California, while the Bob Marley tune with the eponymous line, “Johnny was a good man…” was on heavy rotation, a clothing line was born.

Just like the universal and timeless appeal of a great song, Johnny Was is about clothes that cross cultures and defy trends. With a bohemian spirit and a true sense of authenticity, we take our inspiration from anything that is beautiful, genuine and just that little bit special; a timeless piece of art, or the luxurious hand-stitching on a vintage dress, to the simplicity of a vibrant bougainvillea. It’s the gorgeous details in life that make it beautiful and that’s what we try to create with Johnny Was; the most exquisite embroidery, luxurious fabrics, a juxtaposition between vintage and modern, and always effortless silhouettes.

Johnny Was creates clothes and accessories that embrace a California lifestyle but speak to a global vision, that feel luxurious, yet ready to be packed into a suitcase for a last minute trip. It is about going through life with an ease that’s both alluring and inspiring.

Joshi

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Joshi was launched in the early 2000 with a passion for all things handmade. Nandita Joshi's elegant resort wear is stylish yet simple and translate traditional handcraft techniques into contemporary styling and aesthetics. The collection is limited and each piece is crafted with attention to detail.

Joshi is a conscious women's wear label and takes pride in its family of highly skilled artisans involved at numerous stages of creation. Joshi clothes are produced in limited quantities and are savored by the ultimate bohemian fashionistas globally.

JWLA

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Vintage-inspired embroideries lend a playful detail to the JWLA collection. This range of separates in knits, linens, and velvets embodies the casual California style.

Explore our collection of the newest JWLA tops and coats at JohnnyWas.com. The JWLA collection feminizes classic American staples and t-shirts by adding one of a kind embroidery details, vibrant colors and luxurious materials. Find velvet tops, velvet shirts, tunics, poncho coats and more in the JWLA Fall Collection.

Lauren Vidal Clothing

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Fashion lies in the eye of the beholder.

LAUREN VIDAL seeks to be an expression of femininity, sensitivity. Fabrics and colors are transformed into sculptural and feminine silhouettes, with unique creativity.

It has had a timeless style for over 20 years, a boutique with a very personal concept and a desire to keep enhancing its sphere.

Its take on fashion has been well asserted, by asserting strong values.