NEW YORK — Lutz & Patmos started enlisting guest designers in 2002, and now the cashmere-driven label has a new twist.
For the first time, the company's founders have turned to an architect, Richard Meier. His design will be unveiled for spring 2008, after Julianne Moore's fall creation.
"We love that he's a renowned architect and an older gentleman," said co-founder Tina Lutz. "And we love and respect his work."
Lutz and business partner Marcia Patmos found it "kind of nice to work with someone who doesn't work in fashion," Lutz said. "All the other designer collaborations are very predictable in a certain way — model plus big retailer or designer plus big retailer."
Well aware that many chains use these types of alliances purely for publicity and to rev up sales, Lutz said, "We just love collaborating and don't want it to be all about us. Working with guest designers is never about financial results. Last year, we donated a big part of the proceeds [from guest designer pieces] to charity."
But that doesn't mean the two can't do more moonlighting on their own. Lutz & Patmos is developing another capsule collection for Coach — something it first did last fall.
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