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Sartel’s Matthew Earnest and Lily Atherton Hanbury
Backstory: When designer Matthew Earnest first met Lily Atherton Hanbury (sister of artist Hope Atherton) at the latter’s birthday party in 2004, neither realized that they had a business partnership in the making. Four years later, they opened a boutique in Dallas and subsequently started an in-house label, both named Sartel, after Atherton’s middle name. In the pipeline now is a shoe collaboration with a yet-unnamed footwear designer in Valencia, Spain.
Collection: Those familiar with Earnest’s work (his self-named line closed in 2006) will find a familiar m.o. here. Construction and tailoring are key — slouchy jackets, intricately pleated blouses — as is a focus on geometric shapes with a touch of glam. “Our archetypical woman is Catherine Deneuve in [the 1983 film] ‘The Hunger,’” says Atherton Hanbury. And though she notes the overall vibe is “sexy conservative,” there’s a durable-goods sensibility as well, as seen in wax cotton fabrications.
Stats: Wholesale prices range from $90 to $425. The collection is available at Opening Ceremony.