The Dress Project

Brooklyn folk collective Fort Makers create wearable art in their latest venture

Combining art and fashion in the literal sense, The Dress Project is a creative endeavor in dressmaking using silk and cotton fabric hand-painted by artist Naomi Clark of Brooklyn’s playful cohort, Fort Makers. Clark, along with co-founder Nana Spears, tapped fashion designer Lauren Nevada to create the dress form—a simple button-down shirt-dress intended to convey a sense of all-American style. “As we brought our ideas …

Haerfest

Everyday leather bags with minimalist-luxe appeal

Brothers Tim and Dan Joo created their bag label Haerfest with the intention of designing “modern basics that age well.” With four simple styles crafted in durable materials like leather and brass, the unisex line boasts equally straightforward style names such as A1 Back Pack (shown above). While the A1 retains the classic backpack shape in sultry leather, the A2 Bucket Bag riffs on the …

Packable Bags

Seven compressible carry-ons that scrunch, roll and fold away for easy storage

Advertorial content: When Virgin America asked us to road-test luggage, we followed their lead and looked for bags that not only look good but offer some well-designed practicality too. Saving space in both closets and luggage, low-bulk bags tuck neatly away when not in use and easily unfurl for weekend getaways or to bring back souvenirs. Some pack into their own included pouch while others …