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Hester’s Double Happiness

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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.

Photo: Jonathan Black

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  1. cpalamode says:

    Just came back from Hester’s Trunk show at Mario’s in Seattle – beautiful “future vintage” pieces that remind you of ” 70′s Yves Saint Laurent meets 21st centruy Narciso”. They are “forever” classic pieces that you can wear during the day in the office – and then to the evening. My big surprise was that the whole collection is “age-appropriate” for even for almost 50 year old” person! Tasha is a lovely designer and a lovely person – I throughly enjoyed the visit!!

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