Wearable sculptures by Sophie Buhai are not only timeless, but precious. “There’s a certain woman who wants to buy a jewelry piece as if it were a wearable piece of sculpture, and invest in it. You want quality. You want something that’s beautiful and that’s going to last.” The 34 years old designer and founder of her eponymous label knows what a woman with class wants. Buhai strives to present her collection of cuffs, collars, pendants and rings with a sense of permanence and each of her lovingly sculpted works appeals to a sophisticated clientele.
Sophie Buhai’s jewellery is available at The Line. Photography by Thomas Lohr.
Labels which fuse casual and evening seem to appear like mushrooms after the rain. Really. Protagonist is an example of them. And this one caught my eye in the crowd of porcini and toadstools. The Margiela like deconstructed coats, cut-up skirts, sexy blazers and super wearable shoes are still working next to the computer, but already drinking a cocktail in a trendy Bowery club. Boosted by The Line NYC, an apartment-concept-boutique-store in New York, Protagonist seriously gets much attention from the fashion insiders. Yes, it’s all so perfectly styled (Vanessa Traina, you are great), well made and greatly framed – but aren’t we having too many of these “silent” labels which show mostly same Celine-ish and The Row-ish stuff? Needs a discussion.
We definitely live in the times, where luxury is the biggest prestige. And the fashion that surrounds us today, is all about comfortable sweaters and simple dresses. It’s a bit normcore, but very much focused on luxury which doesn’t really mean Gucci nor Louis Vuitton. Protagonist. Reed Krakoff. Vince. Ring a bell? These, and many more labels are sold at Apartment by The Line in New York. Luxurious, but eponymous labels like Christophe Lemaire, Pallas, Altuzarra, Proenza Schouler or Atea Oceanie are here within the totally shopable loft, with perfumes by Le Labo, Susanne Kaufmann olives and petrified-wooden stools by Andrianna Shamaris. Styled by Vanessa Traina, this beautiful shop (which is more than a shop) says it all: “she’s well traveled, well connected, and well versed in art.” Photos of the store by Olivia Lopez.