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.
She connected with Zarif through Shabana Basij-Rasikh, founder of SOLA. Growing up under Taliban rule in Kabul, Basij-Rasikh dressed as a boy to escort her older sister to a secret school. She went on to attend high school in the U.S. through the YES exchange program and later graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont.
Lutz initially supported SOLA due to her own interest and the affiliation grew from there. At one point, Basij-Rasikh’s handlers approached Lutz about dressing the activist for her public appearances, but Basij-Rasikh preferred to wear clothes worn by Afghani women. The SOLA founder has raised funds through foundations and public talks across the U.S. to build a high school for girls in her village, in addition to wells with clean drinking water in the outskirts of Kabul.
After learning about Zarif, Lutz was so impressed with the handwoven fabrics that she forged Tse’s first partnership with an artisan collective. This spring the brand plans to sell 100 to 200 units of the $795 cape-shaped scoop-neck top with hand embroidery in its stores and through the company’s Web site.
Only a few months into her permanent post at Tse, Lutz said working with artisan collectives is a priority — just as it has been throughout her career. “When I joined Tse, I knew I wanted to continue to work with artisan collectives from around the world,” Lutz said during a preview of the spring collection, which includes featherweight cashmere with intricate details.
She has also introduced a capsule collection of organic knits for spring as part of her effort to play up sustainability for the brand. Thirdly, she is on the march to introduce Made in New York goods for the label.
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye