>> Lizzie Fortunato, like Derek Lam and Proenza Schouler, was inspired by midcentury American architecture for Spring 2012. Her favorite pieces from the collection are the result of a collaboration with Arthur Kemelman, a woodworker from Israel who hand-carved a necklace and bracelet and then painted them with gold leaf. She says, "Each piece of wood is unique. . . . and the result is exquisite."
The label's handbag offering, too, continues to grow: "We have been working with craftworkers in India, who do the most exquisite embroidery and beadwork for our jewelry, and we figured we need another way to showcase this beautiful handiwork — bags were the obvious outlet for that."