"Brancusi's Mongolia," announced the Maiyet mood board. Company president Kristy Caylor has built this young brand by merging worlds—her European creative director's designs are handcrafted by artisans across the globe, from Colombia to India to her own back door. (More and more, the team is producing things in New York.) As unlikely as this particular pairing sounds, it worked.
The famous sculptor's curvilinear, minimalist shapes and the warm, rich colors of Mongolia's landscape and its traditional costumes are well suited to each other. A cropped jacket with volume at the waist-high hem, worn with suede jodhpurs in a matching shade of deep sage green, looked smart, as did a long-sleeve, loose-fitting dress with a geometric navy and black design on the bodice. Reproduced both small and large, the graphic motif was most intriguing on a shift dress in partially sheer hand-cut black jacquard.
At times, the artisanal threatened to overpower the sweeping minimalism of Brancusi. That's why the understated, variegated rib-knit sweaters (home grown in Manhattan) were a welcome new addition.