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quarantine interview: mary alice malone of malone souliers

 

what new thing have you noticed in your environment since the world slowed down? 

the world may have slowed down, but work hasn’t, so calls with my team take up the majority of my day; but I’m ok with that because I love what I do. I usually travel so much for work, so I’ve been fortunate in that this new pace of life has meant lots of quality family time. kimchi, my french bulldog, seems more excited than ever to have us all home together!

favorite quarantine meal?

so far, we’ve been cooking all of our meals at home – lentil noodles with meat and loads of fresh veg from my own vegetable patch, is a staple in our household. but last week we ordered takeout sushi for the first time – japanese is the one cuisine I’ve really missed!

 

please share any one creative thing: a sketch, a random iPhone photo of something that makes you smile, song that resonates these days, or even a haiku.

I have started doing arts and crafts with my little girl, which has been a lot of fun. who knew painting with baby feet would bring such happiness? this time has really allowed me to appreciate these little moments of joy.

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quarantine interview: maria cornejo of zero + maria cornejo

 

what new thing have you noticed in your environment since the world slowed down? 

how nice it is to see spring blooming in my own backyard.  

favorite quarantine meal?

coconut veggie curry that I made for the first time a few weeks ago... so good! 

 

please share any one creative thing: a sketch, a random iPhone photo of something that makes you smile, song that resonates these days, or even a haiku.

my mask making (pictured above). 

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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

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.  
 

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.