NEW YORK -- Casual, outdoorsy style is a Ruff Hewn tradition, but this season the line has a new, youthful spirit. In her first collection for the company, designer Nancy Radtke is working with a number of ideas that add spark to the trademark look. She's doing lots of short -- in a checked minikilt and soft suede shorts, for example. A group of delicate, lace-trimmed blouses have a fresh romantic look, but there are also woolly sweaters done in funky patchwork. And Radtke seems to have a particular way with denim. Her suede-trimmed shirt and jacket with a cinched waist spice up the rich browns and olives that make up most of the collection.

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