I've been intrigued by the Nave label ever since I laid eyes on this $345 Wool Felt Trapeze Dress in Royal Purple at Anthropologie. Turns out that the brand not only has a stockpile of other cute styles but also a very interesting back story.
Under the leadership of consulting creative director Richard Chai, Nave is actually a collective made up of different collaborating designers each season—such as LA's Industry Rag or Milan's Rohka—who come together to contribute different pieces to the collection. At the label's SoHo boutique, you'll find clothes by Chai, as well as designs from relative unknowns Borne, Nickel, Barking Irons, and 3 J Workshop. The youthful, feminine clothes are cool and cutting-edge, with a very urban and slightly throwback feel. I love the mix of wool and silk in the ensembles, as well as the mix of earth tones and rich jewel shades, like this season's very hot color, purple. Here's a look at some of the highlights from the collection, all of which can be ordered directly from Nave's New York store by calling
Windowpane Wool Jacket, $530, and Stretch Wool Suiting in Charcoal, $220.
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Washed Cotton Silk Jacquard Dress in Mauve, $455.
Textured Wool Skirt in Ivory, $280, and Flower Printed Brushed Cotton Jacket in Plum, $745.
Wool Shorts in Midnight, $235; Leather Coat in Dark Brown, $640; and Merange Rib Sweater in Olive, $235.
Wool Twill Coat in Midnight, $480, and Compacted Wool Skirt in Steel, $205.
Flower-Printed Velvet Dress in Pink, $380.