NEW YORK — Fur stoles may be back for fall, but not everyone is willing to go that route. And yet, fashionistas are looking for something beyond the pashmina. Designer Hope Newman thinks she has just the thing with her new accessories collection, Yomo, a line of scarves and bags made from hand-pressed wool and silk, a material for which Newman has a patent pending.

A former graphic designer, Newman began her business when freelance work slowed down. With no fashion background, she researched art techniques and began working with raw wool and silk. After six months working in her studio on New York’s Lower East Side, Newman developed a process that allowed her to press the wool and silk to create a thin, light, and soft new material (“yomo” is Japanese for “wool”).

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