Hester’s Double Happiness
The assumption, when you hear that the designers behind fledgling label Hester are former Men’s Vogue staffers, is that it’s a pet project, launched in their newly freed-up days of unemployment. Wrong. In fact, editors-turned-designers Mauricio Quezada, 25, and Tasha Green, 26,
cobbled together their first ten-plus-piece capsule collection for Spring 2009 while still on-staff, popping out during lunch hours to buy zippers and visiting factories before morning meetings. But not
having full-time jobs has certainly helped shuttle along Hester’s progress (although their freshman effort for spring will be sold at Kirna Zabête in New York and Satine in Los Angeles—not too shabby for a side project). The second collection has matured to 12 full looks. It still hews to the two self-described fashion obsessives’ push-pull ethos of “future vintage”—classic tailored wools with vinyl piping, polished tops and dresses pieced together with scuba-sleek lines. They chose the name Hester for its dual quality as well, which they call “awkwardly regal.” Though Quezada and Green have dealt with lost jobs and the stress of a navigating a start-up through rough waters, they positively radiate optimism. “We’re extremely resourceful,” says Green. “We can make something out of nothing.” Or lemonade from proverbial lemons. To wit, they were able to snag their dark gray Italian wool (which they cut into a sharp trench) from Paoletti, a fabric mill that also supplies Chanel, which has now loosened its once-strict minimums.