new to our shelves : black crane

 

cocoon dress — lemon

Momoko Suzuki and her husband Alexander Yamaguchi, the duo behind Black Crane, have become arbiters of modern minimalism.  with a mission to refine, “a silhouette that complements supple lines and comfort,” Black Crane distills garments to their most essential elements — quality fabrics, thoughtful (yet sparing) details like raw-edged necklines, and a no-fuss color palette — rendering them easily wearable and versatile.  we’re happy to welcome the line to our shelves this season.

black crane double gauze square top

square top — cream

black crane carpenter pants & black crane tank top

carpenter pant — cream + tank top — cream

while Black Crane is rooted in its founders’ interest in their Japanese heritage, all the sustainable production processes for the collection, including fabric weaving, take place locally in Los Angeles. their linen and cotton combinations define effortless dressing for this season — a breath of fresh, cool air on the warm summer days ahead.

shop all of our offerings from black crane here.

black crane cocoon dress

cocoon dress — charcoal + royal

black crane cocoon dress

cocoon dress — royal

square top — grey

April 21, 2016 by Will Frazier

denim spotlight : AMO

when it comes to jeans, we're always looking for everything to be just so: they have to hug in all the right places, give just a little, and, of course, flatter one's figure.  over the past few seasons, AMO denim has become a favorite for fulfilling our denim desires.  
 
founded in 2014 with the mission to create a perfect pair for every women, AMO denim has been on our shelves since last year, and we're currently the only spot in Virginia where you'll find them. we love their unique, often vintage-inspired details (like the untreated rectangle of denim on the waistband—a sort of non-logo ghost patch, or the artfully warped seams on their "twist" styles) and that every pair is handmade in LA.  
 
Who What Wear just tapped AMO as a denim brand that's about to blow up.  we can't say we're surprised!  shop a selection of our AMO styles below.  
 
April 19, 2016 by Will Frazier

new to our shelves : &daughter

when we first began to add clothing into the scarpa mix, it followed a logistical requirement. for lack of a dressing room, you had to be able to slip on pieces at the register. unsurprisingly, sweaters dominated this category.  though our offerings (and dressing rooms) have since expanded, knitwear has remained a favorite. we’re always excited to see what’s new in the woolen realm, and in the case of uk-based &Daughter, whom we welcome to our shelves this fall, what’s old is, in fact, new.

in 2013, buffy reid founded &Daughter with her father, a veteran of the textile industry, with the intent to create updated versions of classic sweaters.  it's sort of like this: imagine if you borrowed a beautiful vintage aran cardigan or fair isle knit from your father or grandfather and as you slipped it on, it somehow felt totally modern and fresh, mainly because it actually fit the way you wanted it to fit. now imagine craftspeople (who, as buffy describes, "have knitwear in their blood") in Scotland and Ireland using time-honored techniques to fashion this sweater.  behold, the creations from &daughter.  buffy was gracious enough to answer some questions about heritage, the surprises of starting her own line, and how she spends her days off.  

 

it’s been nearly two years since you launched the first &Daughter collection. what have been the most unexpected moments in the journey thus far?

one of the most surprising things has been our customers. it was one thing I didn’t expect when we launched, especially as we were only online in the beginning so we weren’t meeting people face to face but ever since the first collection we’ve received the most amazing emails and letters from our customers thanking us for their orders and telling us their stories. i’m so grateful that someone would take the time to write to us and it’s always so interesting to hear where they come from and how they feel about the piece they’ve bought - it’s definitely the best and most unexpected thing.

heritage seems to be integral to &Daughter – both in the sense that you work with your dad and that your pieces are in conversation with the past. could you speak a bit about what heritage means to you and your work?

the word ‘heritage’ can be tricky as it’s often used as shorthand for something nostalgic or traditional. for &Daughter heritage is about quality - the unique skill and knowledge which comes from generations of craftsmanship, the timelessness of something made in the best way, from the best raw materials. that said, there is something innately romantic about knitwear that comes from it’s age and history. my dad always says there’s nothing that can be knit that hasn’t been knit before and so the interesting part becomes how those things are reinterpreted in ways that feel modern and relevant today.

the &Daughter woman is _________________.

always herself. 

how do you spend your days off?

a good book, a long walk, an afternoon movie and a strong Margherita (or two).

i love that initial phrase on the “about” section of your site, “a belief in provenance.” where would you locate the provenance of &Daughter?

the provenance of &Daughter comes from growing up in an Irish family of knitters with a Granny who knit without ever following a pattern, but created the most amazing things. from my Dad who worked in knitwear his whole career and taught me before I knew he really had, the beauty of an expert stitch, the hand-feel of a good yarn, and the difference between something made badly and made well. from moving to London and going to St Martins and learning how to look at things and now from being lucky enough to work with some of the oldest factories in Scotland and Ireland with craftspeople who have knitwear in their blood.

what’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

she who dares, wins. (a catchphrase of the character delboy from british sitcom only fools and horses)

 

shop our pieces from the &daughter fall collection here.

 

October 01, 2015 by Will Frazier

studio visit : willow knows

 

each time I've entered the willow knows studio, i feel an immediate lightness. sure, this might have something to do with the irresistible beauty of the airy atelier, housed in a former industrial space. where there are not large paneled windows draped in equally massive sheer curtains, there are white walls reaching high into the ceiling. the entire space is an experience of light, but the buoyancy I’ve felt seems to come more truly from the exquisite work created here, and the woman behind it – the lovely Jess Lee, founder and designer of willow knows, a collection of hand dyed textiles and one of the newest brands on the shelves of scarpa.

 

“i didn’t start willow knows with the intent to start a hand-dyed textile line,” she tells me, perched on a tall stool, cropped hair tucked neatly behind her ears. Jess, who studied textiles in college, moved to New York to work in film and had wanted to start her own clothing line. she soon realized that a smaller city would be more conducive to her work and decided to relocate. “i had just gotten to Charlottesville, and i started dying these tiny little scarves in my backyard as a new creative outlet,” she explains. she found herself, “desperately needing,” to use her hands again. returning to a medium she loved in her collegiate years, the work was initially an exploration, perhaps just a catalyst for something else. but her hand-dyed work was instantly well received, and after two seasons of creating scarves, she expanded her line into an apparel collection.

 

“my concept has always been easy, wearable silhouettes. it’s what I love to wear,” she explains with a smile, “to feel like you’re wearing nothing.” her crepe de chine pieces, including the popular cocoon dress, hang behind her from a suspended branch. and it’s true – they seem barely there, their edges softened by the bright light of the curtains behind them; a breeze from an open window sends a shutter through each piece revealing eddying patterns of dark blue and cream. ask Jess about her inspiration and she jumps to color – and it's obvious that she has an uncanny sense for it. “the textiles are a way of saying something i can’t say otherwise,” she explains. she sees her work housing, “a tension and argument between things that are fluid and things that are still.” one particular piece that most readily embodies this concern is a cropped t-shirt with a silk front and a chiffon back, all in dark blue, save for a shot of cream that extends across both panels of fabric. “design as conversation,” she offers.

 

jess’s attention to the seasonal tides also plays integrally into her work. in the warmer parts of the year, she looks toward her immediate surroundings for inspiration—rebirth, growth, bounty. in darker and colder months, she turns her focus inward and to imagined spaces – the deep sea bubbling up, a constant motion – its own complications and juxtapositions stilled for just a moment in swaths of silk.

 

our thanks, jess, for sharing your time and gorgeous space with us!

shop willow knows for scarpa here.

April 02, 2015 by Will Frazier

your weekly dose of eye candy, scarpa style


we’ve recently received a treasure trove of jewelry that we must share with you, dear reader. pictured in the top left, suzanna dai earrings ($200) are crafted from leather, and feature metal and rhinestone studding—her pieces are amazing, and that’s all there is to say about them.

go for the gold with megan odabash's ring ($560), shown middle right. gold with labradorite will make a statement no matter outfit you wear.

 you'll be sure to turn heads with the dana kellin earrings ($310) and necklace ($345) featured to the right. made with pyrite, crystal, and 14k gold, the pieces glitter in the sunlight. perfect for the warm weather and sunshine we've been having the past few weeks! in full disclosure, i would take all of these things home if i could . . . 

April 09, 2013 by Isabelle Conner