Friday, October 1, 2010

October Designer Focus: Shipley and Halmos

Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos's two-story Shipley & Halmos studio loft at Greene and Canal Streets, in New York City, is a sun-drenched haven from midwinter muck. The natural light is so blinding that you need a moment to adjust before teetering down the stairs and into the thick of the designers' work. Like their men's and women's clothes, the studio is inviting and comfortable with plenty of room to play, and, upon further inspection, full of thoughtful and occasionally cheeky details.

There were no complicated themes or inspiration stories. Instead, Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos focused on one basic question: "What's in a woman's closet?" If the designers have their way, it'll be their updates on classic fare, like a five-pocket silk "jean" or a leather and wool varsity jacket. The duo's past collections have had a tendency to be one-note, but here they wisely emphasized a range of versatile options. Sheer Breton shirts, updated "little black dresses", and easy prints looked wearable but had enough flair to pique a girl's interest—it's the sort of approach that some of the most successful young New York designers have been taking. With their latest effort, Shipley and Halmos are aiming to position themselves in that company.

Shipley and Halmos bring their Fall 2010 collection with much ardor and sophisticated air. We are delighted to carry the beautiful collection at both of our locations.

Treanor Shirt Dress - $435
Available at Piedmont Avenue


Abbot draped wrap dress - $445
Available at Grand Avenue
Available in size 4
Oversized Tee Dress - $425
Available at Grand Avenue

Barkla dress - $435
Available in at Grand Avenue
Size 6 Available

Walsh cowl back dress - $420
Available at Grand Avenue

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