Cylinder Belt Bag

Rodarte's upcycled bag for Opening Ceremony channels free-spirited style

From tutus for Black Swan to fine fabrics for furniture maker Knoll, Rodarte‘s Mulleavy sisters often lend their design talents to those seeking their virtuosic ability to cut and paste style references. Their Cylinder Belt Bag for Opening Ceremony, from the first collection in their collaborative line, sees the L.A.-based duo turn a new corner with a sturdy handbag crafted from vintage leather belts. The …

Rodarte: States of Matter

A backstage look at the Mulleavy sisters' sculptural exhibition with MoCA curator Rebecca Morse

Since launching their label Rodarte in 2005, sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavy have proven themselves to be rare birds within the fashion industry, producing work that blurs the line between fine art and fashion design. There are very few designers today who are able to comfortably inhabit both realms—and to such critical acclaim. In 2009 Rodarte won the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year award …