Lauren Manoogian’s eponymous line has in short time become one of our favorites. The Brooklyn-based designer shares our infinitive love for minimalist shapes, oversized knits and natural, monochrome color palettes created with sustainability and ethics in mind. Over the last decade, Manoogian’s work has evolved organically from being an experiment with materials—creating unique objects with scrap metal and residue materials—to the knitwear focused ready-to-wear collection it is today.
In February, Manoogian made a dancing debut (and we mean this literally) with her Fall 2018 collection at New York Fashion Week, giving us something to look forward to in the form of cozy knitwear, over-dimensioned wrap throws and luxe wool coats. These relaxed and comfy silhouettes are created in her New York studio with a small team that includes two dogs and boyfriend Chris Fireoved. Inspiration comes from the designer’s extensive travels to West Africa and South America—references that run as a subtle theme through all collections and becomes extra clear in a vegetable tanned leather bracelet or fringe poncho. We love a brand that is consistent, offering a small, continuous collection that will evolve each season without ever changing completely.
Known to source her materials consciously, most pieces in this season’s spring collection come in a blend of pima cotton and linen or Merino wool, and are made by hand in Peru. The knits from fall, still up for purchase at reduced prices (this being totally in line with the idea of a continuous collection) are, with a few exceptions, a result of Peruvian handcraft as well, and comes in luxurious qualities like Italian cashmere and baby alpaca. The earthy colors is the result of a collaboration with independent dyers that hand-dye each yarn using all-natural, plant-based pigments, resulting in pieces that truly beautiful from the inside out.
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