June 09, 2014 New York
"It's really and truly Resort," Caylor said Monday morning at Milk Studios, where everything from fine jewelry to hand-painted scarves was on display next to shoes, clothes, and leather goods. From the beginning, Maiyet has tapped skilled artisans the world over to help produce a wide variety of goods. Part of the goal is to assist those craftspeople in establishing and building viable businesses. That means Caylor and her team are still working with the same groups that she and cofounder Paul van Zyl met four years ago when they started the company.
But while altruism runs deep in the Maiyet DNA, beauty is equally valued. Given the season's backstory, it's no surprise that Caylor looked to traditional Resort themes—Morocco, maritime, Hans Feurer's 1974 Pirelli calendar—for flavor. A blouse with reverse appliqué and embroidery was tucked into wide-leg pleated trousers, both done in over-washed mint cotton. Ultrawide chino culottes were worn with a collarless striped shirt that had oversize white cuffs. Navy-and-white stripes were block-printed onto trousers, as well as a handkerchief top with ultrathin spaghetti straps. Caylor sought the expertise of her weaving partners in Varanasi, India, to make a gold-and-terra-cotta-striped silk that was transformed into an easy T-shirt dress, and also into sporty pleated shorts. Several of the gowns were hand-painted, but the most memorable was made out of cream-on-cream-striped Varanasi silk with pleated appliqués decorating the top.
Maiyet does a lot of categories and represents a lot of things, so sometimes the end result can feel a bit crowded and undefined. But not this time. Seems like vacation served Caylor well.