That's Artisanal

Designers

Meet Monica, Romina and Zora-- the entire production staff for the women's half of Biella Collezioni designed by Maria Luisa Barbera. If you have a favorite garment in your closet from her collection, these ladies probably made it. Talented, highly skilled and hardworking they are the behind-the-scenes heroines who figure out how to make a designer's dreams happen. Without a carefully coordinated team like this one to develop patterns, cut, sew, press and finish garments, and control the quality of every item, a designer can produce ideas, but little else. Now as always people are asking for clothes that are...

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Ultimate Black Dress

Designers What to Wear

Back in 1926, Vogue magazine showed for the first time a little black dress courtesy of Coco Chanel. Her idea was totally modern: she created a relatively affordable dress in a simple style and neutral color that a woman could wear for many social occasions merely by changing her shoes and jewelry.The simple style meant the dress could be worn for several seasons without looking out of date and the black color, heretofore worn primarily by those in mourning, had by then become appropriate everywhere. The idea of creating a dress that could be worn almost anywhere, anytime with merely...

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Athleisure?

Miscellaneous

Yes, we know "athleisure" is the hottest trend for both men and women in the clothing industry right now. Gym clothes are gleefully taking center stage in places and at events where heretofore they were not welcome. Some people think that's progress. We think It's just plain boring to wear the same kind of clothes all the time no matter what the time, place or occasion. Uniforms as such have a useful place, they are dependable  and require no thought, but their wearers forgo all personal style.  Not to mention the fact that formfitting stretch fabrics, a main component of...

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Endangered Species

Miscellaneous

A sad man came to us for help. His new coat, bought who-know's-where, was the victim of botched surgery. The sleeves are now short enough, but all else about this alteration is wrong, hideously and embarrassingly wrong. Compare the sleeves on the coat in the other picture. Aren't they beautiful? Our tailor made these working buttonholes by hand and the coat sleeves of many of our customers look just like these. He can make your clothes fit so well that we think he is part genius and part wizard.  Sorry to say, tailors like ours are an endangered species.But why...

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Clever Girl

To designer Satya Twena hats mean jobs. And jobs mean that milliners can support themselves and continue practicing the art of making hats. So when the long established New York City factory she had chosen to help expand her growing business closed recently, she realized that something had to be done or both jobs and art would be forfeit and workers with valuable practiced skills would suffer. Not one to shrug and say, "not my problem", Satya got busy and figured out that together she and a cousin could buy the closed factory, but how could they raise the money...

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