NEW YORK — Tse’s airy SoHo studio here seems like a world away from the artisans who keep the Kabul-based Zarif Initiative running, but the brand’s creative director Tina Lutz has united the two for spring.
Through a new partnership, the all-women collective’s 52 workers have been busy sewing, weaving and embroidering a limited-edition top. Aside from providing income to them, Tse will donate $50 from the sale of each piece to the School of Leadership Afghanistan (SOLA). Previewing the Zarif-made handwoven black jacket with navy accents, Lutz said Zarif aims to hold onto the traditional arts that understandably continue to be at risk in war-torn Afghanistan. The collaboration will also help the women further their technical skills.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"