NEW YORK — Quietly and without the buzz their previous gig afforded them, Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos, formerly of Trovata, are launching their own contemporary collection, Shipley & Halmos, for spring. Less than a year after leaving that much-feted California-based company, which they cofounded with existing head John Whitledge and Josia Lamberto-Egan, the duo has packed up and moved cross-country, setting up shop in New York. (Interestingly, all the original principals remain shareholders in Trovata.)
In their own words, Shipley & Halmos is “an offering of some clothing & things crafted with hand, health and heart,” an explanation printed on their silk labels. However they spin it, it’s a shopper-friendly collection of about 17 pieces featuring a slew of pretty day dresses, casual tunics and plenty of men’s wear-style shirts paired with preppy high-waisted shorts. Initially, Barneys New York will carry the line exclusively. Both 27, Shipley and Halmos eliminated some of the cute details their former label is known for, but left others in for interest — sexy, extra-deep arm holes on silky tanks, slouchy bows on crisp white shirts and more structured ties attached to a great teal trench. “We wanted to go for something more feminine and mature, to feel out who our girl is,” says Shipley. Wholesale prices start at $45 for blouses, $70 for pants, $145 for dresses and $200 for coats.
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