This month’s contribution just goes to show that you don’t have to be in the front lines of fashion to encounter greatness. I recently took a vacation to Seattle to visit my family for the holiday, not a city whose first icon is fashion.
In a small town on the Olympic Peninsula lives a little day spa I’ve enjoyed every time I visit my sister. The owner, Mimi, shows me pictures of her grandkids, local jewelry and what is arguably the hottest scarf in Hollywood.
“This is the same one Sarah made for Jessica Simpson,” she tells me. Mimi’s daughter, Sarah, is the designer and owner of an LA based company called Ettie.
Ettie is the nickname for Sarah’s grandmother, Ethel, who taught Sarah to knit when she was just six years old. Sarah began Ettie about three-and-a-half years ago, and it now boasts a red carpet client base. Ettie knits are in high demand, especially after showing up on Hollywood heavyweights such as Steven Tyler, Drew Barrymore, Reese Witherspoon and many more. She has a showroom and a studio as well as an excellent Web site. The textures of the “Jessica” scarf, as we are now calling it, are absolutely brilliant, with mixtures of up to forty different yarns and materials.
Sarah tells me that her inspiration comes from her experience as an architectural photographer; she sees everything in texture. Her line also includes a collection called “Baby Ettie,” with soft and colorful knits for trendy babies.
Sarah’s collections are unpredictable, inventive and comfortable. Her work takes risks with the lack of symmetry, and it works. You can explore her world and shop her latest collections on line at www.ettie.net