COMING AROUND AGAIN
THE LUCIA APPAREL GROUP IS BACK WITH THE SPIRITUALLY ROOTED SWEATER LINE SPIRALTY.
Byline: Subira Shaw
With a decidedly earthy twist on women’s clothing, the 56-year-old Lucia Apparel Group, the same firm known for the better casualwear line Wildroot, has introduced Spirality — a collection of knitted sweaters with relaxed and contemporary styling. The new Winston-Salem, N.C.-based line, with a Celtic logo composed of concentric circles, represents a philosophy of fashion, fitness, spirituality and evolution that transcends age.
Contrary to the broader range of silhouettes found within Wildroot, Spirality focuses on sweaters in various yarns that cater to a more contemporary consumer between 25 and 55 years old. Although both Spirality and Wildroot share the same designer and can be easily combined, the sweater collection is novelty-driven, with a fitted look.
Ranging in size from S to XL, Spirality offers about 30 pieces each season with five groups composing the fall line.
“This is a real collection of individuals,” said head designer Nancy Radtke, “There’s not much similarity from one sweater to the next.”
Materials like loop yarn, lambswool and acrylic cashmere, along with geometric designs, boucle trim and novelty cables, add variety. Silhouettes include long cardigans, striped hooded tops and handmade Fair Isle sweaters in pastels and bright colors. Most sweaters are 19 to 22 inches long and have T-shirt-compatible collars. Wholesale prices range from $29 to $84.
Despite the somber mood of January’s market, Spirality’s debut met a positive response from buyers, said sales representative Amy Holman.
“The average retail store is bored and the average consumer is bored; they always want more. Spirality hits that mark because it’s a sweater line, but it’s fun and contains a lot of novelty and detail,” she said.
For March, Holman will show pieces from Spirality’s fall and winter collections at 11N100A.