Women’s Wear Daily
04.20.2014
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Fresh Takes: New York Designers to Watch

From Catherine Deneuve to photographer Neil Krug, the next generation of designers is working a myriad of inspirations for spring.

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A look from Ajna

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Ajna’s Beryl Man

Backstory: Hong Kong-born, Brooklyn-based Beryl Man is mad for knits. During the past 15 years she has worked at Donna Karan, Calvin Klein and Tse Cashmere, the last under Hussein Chalayan. “I love creating my own stitches, surfaces and textures,” says Man, who graduated from London’s Royal College of Art. In addition to her new line, Ajna, named after the third-eye chakra, Man also heads her own research and consulting firm, Essence Studio Textiles, specializing in knits — natch.

Collection: Man is all about “connecting back to nature.” The designer travels to Peru to source organic fibers, uses “wild silks” (silkworms are left unharmed) and is developing kudzu-based textiles. As for her design sensibility, Man is guided by the comfort rule. “My clothes aren’t tight — they don’t hold you in,” she says. “They’re comfortable, functional items.” Expect roomy, draped and oh-so-languid cardigans, tops and dresses.

Stats: Wholesale prices range from $125 to $280. Ajna is available at Capitol in Charlotte, N.C., and Pivot in Chicago.

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