the New York-based designer used her love of cardigans (she has more than 200 of them) as a springboard to launch of her own knitwear-centric clothing line. we popped by the designer’s midtown studio to talk racking up stamps on her passport and the merits of easy dressing.
“When I first started my line in 2008, the collection had 30 cardigans and only one top and one dress,” recalls the designer, who got her start in the knitwear departments at Derek Lam and Lela Rose. “Ironically it was the dress and the top that were the best sellers.” For Lynne, it’s the challenge of working with yarns rather than bolts of fabric that is part of the appeal: “Knitwear starts from yarn, and it’s a three-dimensional, creative process. Plus I couldn’t sew a tailored jacket to save my life!”
She travels regularly to Peru, a country deeply rooted in its textile tradition and handiwork and, for the last two years, has incorporated the work of its artisans into her collections. The Marianela pant and the Gisella top are woven on an industrial scarf loom and cut into garments. “I work really closely with the factory there to create our own patterns,”
A review of her line—flirty skirts, embroidered blouses, skinny drawstring pants in various patterns—reveals a designer who likes repetition: “In my own life, I’ll often buy things of the same style in two or three colorways. I gravitate towards simplicity and comfort and that’s reflected in the way I approach design.”
Photography by Bryan Derballa. Makeup by Imane Fiocchi and hair by Melisande Page, both for Beauty Exchange NYC.
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