We're huge fans of wool as a natural and eco-friendly alternative to synthetics. Nothing's cozier than a chunky sweater when temps start dropping. But there’s so much more to wool than the ski lodge. A new wave of designers is reconsidering the possibilities of this beloved cold-weather fabric and changing the way we think about wool.
A chance silk screening class led stylist, textile artist, and designer Mengly Hernandez to begin creating scarves for friends and family. The word spread quickly about Hernandez’s gorgeous handmade pieces and she launched her line LINEA Germania in response. We sat down with the artist/designer to talk about the ethics that drive her brand, her recent trip to Nepal and how it all began with a lucky encounter in New York.
“I always had a desire to understand the business side of fashion,” says Cienne founder and creative director Nicole Heim. A designer trained at L.A.’s Fashion Institute of Design and N.Y.C.’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Heim worked in corporate design at global retailer Victoria’s Secret for years before finding herself creatively unsatisfied and frustrated with the waste involved in corporate fashion.