Studio Tour: The Elder Statesman®

we dropped by the West Hollywood three-room bungalow of CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner Greg Chait of The Elder Statesman. it was (predictably) piled high with stacks of dreamy cashmere and equipped with a killer pair of Mission 770 speakers.
Tucked into a leafy private street in West Hollywood is Chait’s enviable setup: an atelier/showroom (a New Yorker’s dream) with oversize picture windows that look out onto a wildflower garden that the knitwear designer tends to himself. As for the piles of blankets stacked neatly on the floor? They’re all The Elder Statesman.

A look around Chait’s by-appointment-only studio reveals an exacting eye for detail and patina: a leather safari chair, stacks of old books artfully piled on the floor, records, frayed dhurrie rugs, an old loom from the 1800s that he picked up from a swap meet in LA. And then there are the knits—cardigans, Baja pullovers, ski caps, scarves—a handful of which in unexpected color pairings reflect the designer’s studied rebellion.

There’s cashmere he had dip-dyed by a Red Hook artist, cashmere bracelets made from excess yarn from his production process (woven by Eddie, a guy Chait met one day in downtown Los Angeles), assorted leather jackets (which, like many of the other items in his line, aren’t widely publicized but have been produced for years for private clients), a Navajo crochet bag made with local dyes, handmade buffalo horn glasses.

Chait’s also something of a spirits aficionado, so he’ll pour you a stiff drink. (The day we visited, he graciously poured us a glass of Midleton whiskey and put on Peter Sarstedt.)
Photography by Bryan Derballa.

Read more about the lead-up to the launch of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund collections here.

And to shop the exclusive The Elder Statesman collection and the rest of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund designs, click here.

Gatsby Fever

we admit, for months we’d been counting down the days leading up to the release of Baz Luhrmmann’s The Great Gatsby. in honor of the movie’s debut and our soon-to-be-released CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund capsule collections, we’re taking a look back at last fall’s Fashion Fund competition—a finalist challenge sponsored by Tiffany & Co. that fittingly asked the designers for their own take on Gatsby style…
Party photography by Hannah Thomson.

All other photography by Bryan Derballa.

Be one of the first to shop the limited-edition CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund collections on May 21st by signing up for our pre-sale here. Then explore more of our CFDA Vogue/Fashion Fund partnership here.

Sneak Peek: Show and Tell
as we get ready to launch our capsule collections with this year’s CFDA/Vogue
Fashion Fund winner and runners-up, we’re giving you a glimpse into their own
creative spaces and what inspires them most. (psst, there’s more to come in
the weeks ahead…)
Photography by Bryan Derballa

Check back here as we count down to our capsule launches on May 22nd for details
on how to pre-order the collections before they hit stores and online.

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