DESIGNER GABRIELA HEARST IS OUT TO REDEFINE WHAT LUXURY CLOT...
"During a recent deep-sea fishing trip with her husband off the Massachusetts coast, Hearst was intrigued by the sight of scallop fishermen mending their gear with needle and thread, which led her to further ponder the gray area where men's and women's fashion collide, particularly with tailoring. "After all, the Arts and Crafts movement was started by men," she says. "Why must such a utilitarian skill—or garment—be associated with a particular gender?" The designer's own sartorial solution to the demands of working motherhood is often a uniform of suit and T-shirt. In the collection, she offers up a pristine white wool tuxedo for resort, but that's just the beginning: Her goal is a stand-alone boutique specializing in bespoke women's suiting. "It's the simplest, chicest thing when your life is hectic, but not everyone has a great tailor on speed dial," she says. Most of the time, custom work "takes months for delivery. I want to make it convenient." Also in the pipeline: incorporating the merino wool produced on the Uruguay ranch Hearst inherited upon her father's death in 2011, and to which she makes regular trips to oversee the 10,000 head of sheep. Turns out you can't take the girl off the ranch after all."
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