8 posts tagged "House of Waris"
Tucked in The Avant/Garde Diaries Project Space in Soho is Le Cabinet de Curiosités of Thomas Erber—a compilation of limited-edition goods curated by Mr. Erber, a journalist and consultant. Le Cabinet de Curiosités (or CDC) is an annual collaborative affair whereby Erber brings together approximately fifty independent artists, brands, and designers, and gives them carte blanche to create (and, of course, sell) items that are alluring and exclusive.
New York is his fourth installment (Colette in Paris, Browns in London, and Andreas Murkudis in Berlin were CDC’s previous venues), with Bangkok as its next. And last night’s launch was hosted by one of the CDC’s very first permanent guests, Parisian label Maison Kitsuné, who produced a special black flight jacket with shearling. “It’s a very American style that’s perfect for New York,” Maison Kitsuné creative director and co-founder Masaya Kuroki (co-founder Gildas Loaëc was also in attendance), who’s been friends with Erber for fifteen years, said of the topper. “Thomas has style, and he’s sharp,” added Kuroki. “He has his modern eye but still appreciates all the old traditional things, which is so Maison Kitsuné.”
The designer’s sentiments were echoed by second-time participant, House of Waris founder Waris Ahluwalia: “Mr. Erber is great. He really pulls it all together,” Ahluwalia said. “It’s nice to be in the company with other artists, and CDC is always a great show of mixed media, of everything from jewelry to caviar.”
Notable items on offer include a French caviar-leather rolling case by Want Les Essentiels de la Vie, a rare copper-encased Marquis de Montesquiou Armagnac, twelve unique Vulcain timepieces, and a Moulinette x Højmark bicycle with graphic details etched into its steel frame.
“I have seen many young entrepreneurs and brand founders who put a lot of heart and soul into their [products], and on the opposite, I have seen many artists who are dealing with their own career as entrepreneurs,” Erber said. “My role is to define the limit between both and to curate them with authentic enthusiasm and sincerity.”
Le Cabinet de Curiosités of Thomas Erber is open through December 23 at 372 Broome Street, in New York.
The multitalented Waris Ahluwalia—jeweler, Style.com advice columnist, scarf enthusiast, actor—has found his way in front of the cameras before. His new star turn, for the up-and-coming fashion film directrice Quentin Jones celebrates the arrival of his namesake House of Waris jewelry collection to e-tailer MyTheresa. For a seasonally appropriate Halloween launch, the store is offering HoW’s skull earrings exclusively, in black, white, and several enameled colors ($245). Above, the spooky short flick.
There’s Bond Street, Madison Avenue, Rodeo Drive, and now, Avenue 32 is making a play to join the list of luxury shopping neighborhoods. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, that’s because the e-commerce site has yet to open its virtual doors. When Avenue32.com launches November 29, the site will debut 35 “boutiques,” including Preen, Edun, and Anndra Neen, curated by each brand’s respective designers.
“The initial idea behind creating boutiques for each individual designer was so that we could showcase more complete collections and customers would be able to choose from a wider selection,” Avenue 32 founder Roberta Benteler tells Style.com. “We aim to give customers a unique insight into the world of these designers and the fashion industry as a whole, creating what feels like a more personal and emotional relationship that emulates the charm of offline shopping.”
For their first outing, Benteler and her co-founder, Juri von Randow, have brought in a diverse list of brands, including 3.1 Phillip Lim, Azzaro, Emilio de la Morena, Todd Lynn, and Felder Felder. They are also focused on jewelry and accessories, working with House of Waris and Carolina Bucci for the launch. But, like most luxury e-commerce sites these days, there is also an editorial element. “Some of the editorial we have created so far is a profile on Jessica and Janina Joffe—an up-and-coming actress and a talented young gallerist,” Benteler says. “We have also created profiles on folk singer Kamila Thompson and Momofuku’s pastry chef Christina Tosi, amongst others.” She plans to add an interactive stylist feature in the near future. Style.com has an exclusive video (above) to preview the launch of the site.
Fashion week presents a particular problem to any scheduler: When? “Fashion week’s so nuts,” designer Waris Ahluwalia admitted. “I didn’t have an open night.” So when he went to host an “intimate” (25—which turned into 45—person) dinner to celebrate his presentation at CIRCA’s Lincoln Center accessories lounge, he decided to bat cleanup, and invite friends to supper after the end of the week. It worked. Last night, CIRCA CEO Chris Del Gatto and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff hosted Johan Lindeberg, Scott Campbell, Veronica Webb, Sophie Théallet, Aaron Young, Terence Koh, Carlos Quirarte, and Ahluwalia’s mother, Darshan (“the guest of honor, always”) piled into Tiny’s in Tribeca for a last-minute dinner toasting House of Waris’ Spring jewelry and scarf collections. “A downtown celebration for an uptown exhibition,” he called it.
The collection being celebrated marks the second time that the House of Waris—known largely for its jewelry—has forayed into scarves. At a follow-up visit at his studio today, the designer explained that the two categories only seem different. They’re both, he reasoned, about keeping craftsmanship alive for a new generation—of craftspeople, as well as of customers. (The Rajastani embroiderers who work on his hand-loomed cashmere scarves now have their hands so full from his business that they’ve stopped working with any other.) This season sees a major uptick in the number of scarf designs offered, with many motifs carrying over from the jewelry collection. They range from the simple—a gorgeous plain taupe cashmere scarf with embroidered border—to the ornate, with chains picked out in contrast thread weaving their way over the whole. They have a richness—and a price tag—consistent with the hours of work they take to complete. But luckily for entry-level fans, batik-dyed cotton-silk scarves start at $300.
Waris Ahluwalia is gearing up for his New York fashion week debut, and visitors to his House of Waris presentation will see not only his jewelry, but a new offering, too: scarves. Ten styles of scarf, embroidered, tie-dyed, batiked, silk-screened, and block-printed, will make up the House’s first foray into knit accessories. (Technically, it is his second side project—the first being tea.)
“It seemed natural,” Ahluwalia told us of the progression from jewels to silk, silk-cashmere, and cashmere scarves. “I love scarves and I’ve worn scarves for a long time. In my head, it’s the same as the jewelry. It’s something that you use to adorn yourself, to protect yourself.” Like the jewelry, the scarves are made by craftsmen in India—a process that takes place all over the subcontinent, the designer notes—and are crafted from the finest (and often, priciest) materials.
But before the full range debuts in stores this Fall, a determined few (make that very few) will be able to get their hands on one early. A limited run of an oversized cashmere shawl (a “scarf-slash-blanket,” Ahluwalia jokes) in 100 percent pashmina, embroidered with the bird, Roma, from House of Waris’ Omnia Vincit Amor collection, is now available at Barneys locations in New York and Beverly Hills and at Colette. Your exclusive first look is above, modeled abed by Camilla Deterre and shot by…Waris Ahluwalia. “For the longest time I wanted to find a photographer to shoot it, and it just never happened. I ended up shooting it. I’m trying not to do too much—it’s good to bring other people in,” he says with a laugh, “but I can’t help it.”
House of Waris Roma shawl, $1,295, is available now at Barneys New York, www.barneys.com, and Colette, www.colette.fr.