3 posts tagged "A Peace Treaty"
Khaki and olive drab, military overcoats and aviator jackets, combat boots and cargo pants: The Fall ’10 shows are chockablock with soldier style. But Farah Malik and Dana Arbib are bringing fashion literally into the war zone. The two founders of A Peace Treaty have set up production in Afghanistan, where they’re working with the nonprofit Afghan Hands to produce hand-embroidered scarves and—soon to come—a range of bags. Last night, at a dinner for the brand hosted by Claire Danes, Afghan Hands founder Matin Maulawizada (pictured, right, with Danes, Malik, and Arbib, all wearing A Peace Treaty) acknowledged that there are dangers to working in the battle-scarred country, but added that the benefits outweigh the risks. “We’ve got women there, whose husbands killed each other, and they’re working together, laughing and gossiping, and their children are growing up side by side,” Maulawizada explained over helpings of hummus and couscous at the Jane Hotel outpost of Café Gitane. “Even if I weren’t already an optimist, that would make me optimistic.” Arbib, meanwhile, noted that her and Malik’s reasons for producing in Afghanistan are only partly idealistic. “We look for places where there’s a tradition of doing the kind of work we want to do,” she said. “Afghan women have a history with embroidery. But we’ve got a whole range of knits—knit scarves and capes and ponchos—that we’re going to be making in Bolivia, because they really excel at knitwear.”
E-mail makes for easy communication but lousy jewelry. So when Bing Bang’s Anna Sheffield was thinking of love notes and secret messages while designing her spring Bing Bang collection, she went back to the old instruments, the feather and the pen nib. All jewelry might be a love letter of sorts, but Sheffield’s new Dearest cuff makes it plainer than most: The billet-doux quill literally wraps around the wearer. (You might say the medium’s the message.) It’s one of the many pieces Sheffield is offering tomorrow at a three-day, multi-brand pop-up shop at her studio, where clothes and accessories from A Peace Treaty, Lindsey Thornburg, and Souchi will all be on sale. So here’s one more Valentine’s option to explore, and one, we’d add, that cynics and romantics can both enjoy. Sheffield will also be customizing bracelets and necklaces with a variety of charms: Lovers can snap up the hearts and bunnies; pugilists and break-up artists, skulls and boxing gloves.
Thursday, February 4, 5 to 8 p.m.; Friday, February 5, 3 to 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, February 6 and 7, 1 to 8 p.m., at Bing Bang, 153 Lafayette St., 4th floor, NYC.