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The Design Process: The crux

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The Design Process: The crux

The Crux has become a staple item for the Starkweather collection, but where did the idea come from? 

The inspiration

My design process for Starkweather has always started by looking at images of explorers, and rural portraits, where people weren't concerned about fashion – they were concerned primarily with function - yet they still would find ways to add character and identity through their clothes. This manifested in distinctive layering, embellishment, color, pattern, and modification. 

It fascinated me how across many cultures, the chest and neck area are like canvases for decoration. This happens in cold and hot climates, alike. And subconsciously those shapes, centered around the neck and torso, became a focal point of my creative development for Starkweather.

Kicking Bear // Oglala Sioux

Kicking Bear // Oglala Sioux

Slick Rick ca 1988

Slick Rick ca 1988

A turkmen woman of the goklan tribe in jargalan, Bojnord // Nasrollah Kasraian

A turkmen woman of the goklan tribe in jargalan, Bojnord // Nasrollah Kasraian

ca 1900 // Sarte Woman, Uzbekistan

ca 1900 // Sarte Woman, Uzbekistan

Dogon Shaman, Mail

Dogon Shaman, Mail

Norway, Hardangerjoklen, ca 1908. // Anders Beer Wilse

Norway, Hardangerjoklen, ca 1908. // Anders Beer Wilse

How would all of these colorful, textural, unique designs apply to an environment like the one pictured above? It is in the imagination and through design that these cultures can collide...

It seemed natural, after a point, that that part of the outfit should not only take on it's own identity, but that there were real functional benefits to developing it that way...

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Re-imagined as the Crux...in it's purest form

With so many more ideas for the future, it is always a huge challenge to pare an idea down to its simplest form. This is the T-Crux: Starkweather's most essential interpretation of the crux concept. Essential, because it becomes a blank canvas for so many future ideas, and because it represents the core concept of adaptability. On one hand, it offers adaptability for the wearer to make it their own, and on the other hand, it offers adaptability in its own design. 

Fall I // Nude Cashmere Wool

Fall I // Nude Cashmere Wool

Fall II // Burnt Ochre Bouclé Wool

Fall II // Burnt Ochre Bouclé Wool

If you would like to learn more about the Starkweather layering system, click here.

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Continuing to define our brand promise

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Continuing to define our brand promise

The crux is one of our favorite things. The Starkweather layering system is literally centered around it. And it has become an accessory we can't live without during most months of the year. And it's getting better with age. 

We started with the premium. The most luxe interior cashmere lining we could find. And we swear by the coziness of that T-Crux original. And it's body-temp boosting powers. But the truth is we want to spread the joy. We want for more people to have access to this item of clothing that has transformed one wardrobe at a time since it's first appearance on the streets, November 2014.

So we dove back into fabric research. Feeling for the softest textiles that could counter the cashmere richness without the premium price tag. We looked from Italy, France, Japan, England, Peru..the list goes on...And we finally found it, in this awesomely textured cotton knit melange. Produced in Italy, this 100% cotton textile feels like your most loved and well worn sweatshirt with the look and longevity of a designer item. 

Isn't that what you're looking for in your closet every morning?

So what does all of this mean for you? 

The development of this crux in the new fabrics was a challenge for us in keeping with our brand promise. We will deliver best in class products that combine function and style to change the way we live and dress in relation to the weather. 

That also means that we're listening to you and to your needs. And over the last six months, meeting so many of you at our trunk shows has helped us prioritize our new product direction and how to expand on those pieces, like the T and Shawl Crux, that quickly stood out as brand-defining items. 

The crux of it

We love the crux, and we love how it makes people feel and the beautiful way it frames smiling faces. We love that it so completely embodies the promise of the Starkweather brand. And we love that moment of discovery when you pull it on and say "Ahh. I get it."

We hope that this new development will enable many more to enjoy a new way of dressing with the weather, instead of against it. And we can't wait to deliver that experience to many more Starkweather women, and men, as the seasons go on. 

 

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Show winter some love

Why do we love winter so much? 

The crispness in the air 

The inclination to curl up with a hot drink and read a good book

The abundance of Whiskey tastings

And The outerwear

Of course, the outerwear. While we have to keep warm, it's the time to play with volume, proportions, textures, and layers. It's a bit more challenging than the milder months, and that can make it tempting to throw on something easy without having to think to much.

But the benefits of making the extra effort will show in your confidence and simply through standing out in a mass of puffy black nylon.

We'd love to help you out with that.


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Starkweather comes home to Chicago

It was a really wonderful day in Chicago at the Casino where Starkweather went back to its roots. The weather acted accordingly, changing from summer to fall almost overnight to set the mood for the layering and cozy wrapped up feeling you get when trying on these pieces in a setting such as the venerable building in downtown Chicago. 

It was great to have a chance to highlight the fabrics that are the most critical element of the pieces. Some favorites were the cashmere wool backed with weather proofing nylon from Colombo in Italy and the buttery lambskin leather from Bodin Joyeux in France.

Showing some pieces for Fall / Winter and some pieces for Spring, there was a feeling of harmony that fit so naturally on the fantastic women who came through to try on, discover and acquire a piece of the Starkweather story for their own wardrobe.

You read it here first: Starkweather will be back in Chicago on November 13 for a follow up show and party with  a surprise that we are anxious to reveal. 

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Fall 2014 : The Classics

For Fall 2014, these classic styles are coming back, new and improved:

The Lambskin Liner and the Starkweather Overcoat

The Lambskin Liner and the Starkweather Overcoat

Paired with the T-Crux

Paired with the T-Crux

The Shawl Crux and the Sweater Coat

The Shawl Crux and the Sweater Coat

And the Curve Seamed Leather Jacket

And the Curve Seamed Leather Jacket

With an updated combination of tech-advanced and deliciously luxurious fabrics, they will be better than ever. More updates will be posted regarding re-stock and events throughout 2014 to come try on and discover...

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