The Sabi Shawl

For those in the USA – I hope you had a great long weekend! I had a very introverted but quite satisfying one, spending time with my husband and the baby and going on an organizational spree. Yup, I re-read Marie Kondo and was obsessed for the next 40 hours.

Today I’m sharing a new addition I’m proud to have at PASSAGE 88 (more background on that here) – the Sabi shawl, a series of extra large, luxuriously soft cashmere and silk wraps. Perfect for those cool summer evenings.

FF Sabi Shawl

Like with my Mars necklaces, a leopard shawl is an item which I’ve been trying to add to my closet for quite some time. I’m super particular about design, colors, material, and of course price, and finally decided to make my own. These shawls have been in development for quite a while…and now they’re finally here! Each Sabi shawl is a large format (130cm by 130cm square), and made out of lightweight 50/50 mix of high quality silk and cashmere. They’re made for year round wear – gather them around your neck for fall and winter, and lightly drape them on spring days and summer nights.

I worked with a wonderful artist for the design, who helped me create the exact leopard print I wanted. We used a combination of a watercolor and digital techniques, and then worked to perfect each color way. All three selections were chosen to be able to work with both warm and cool toned wardrobes. Here are the colors:

Naturals – featuring shades of cream, rust, beige, brown, and black.

Natural Sabi Worn

Sabi Shawl Naturals


Slate Grays –  featuring shades of pure gray, slate (blue toned) gray, creams, and a hint of azure. Depending on the light and what side of the shawl you’re wearing, the shawl will appear either more blue or pure gray. The color is a chameleon!

Group Grays

Gray Sabi Shawl copy


Pinks and Creams – This color way features shades of pink, cream, and aubergine. The pinks are soft but still have some visual impact, and look great against a variety of skin tones.

PInk Sabi Feather Factor


Pinks Group

The fabric was custom made in this size and printed for me by a manufacturer which supplies for some very well known luxury cashmere brands. I was very particular about both size and weight – the size had to be large, but not too large (its just a smidgen smaller than the Hermes 140 shawls, which is what I wanted), and the fabric had to be feather light. I often like to fold my shawls multiple times, and in thicker fabrics, it can feel too heavy. With the Sabi shawls, I can fold as many times as I want without adding bulk.

It was also very important to me that the shawl be made of all high quality natural fibers, and feel super soft and luxurious…but not at a crazy cost. It was key to me that people be able to use this shawl for all kinds of occasions and situations, without feeling too worried about causing damage to an expensive piece.

The Sabi shawl is $95 and I’m proud to be able have created my dream leopard shawl, without compromising quality or design, at this price. You can find all three color ways at PASSAGE 88.

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  • Sonya
    May 31, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Bravo! I’ve been waiting patiently ever since the tasseled necklaces last year. I still love my malachite. Now to decide which color, or 2..

    • Katherine
      May 31, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      Hi Sonya, thank you!! I think all would go great with the necklaces you own 🙂

  • Nancy
    May 31, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Wow! This looks like amazing quality for the price. I’ve also been looking for a print scarf with cashmere and silk or wool blends and have been looking at $300+ price points. I’m very tempted to order one in the slate gray…if only there was one in an all camel color too…

    • Katherine
      May 31, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      Hi Nancy, thanks very much! I’d love to add an all camel one in the future…a favorite colorway of mine too 🙂 The natural does incorporate camels.

  • Thea
    May 31, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Hi there.
    Long time lurker here.
    I finally had to comment because these are fabulous! And the price is really great. Congrats!

    I would really be interested n hearing more about how you went about finding resources to create and manufacture your Passage 88 items if that wouldn’t divulge company secrets

    • Katherine
      May 31, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      Thanks Thea, I really appreciate it! In the future I can try to share more about the creation of the products but I do have to be discrete about certain aspects 🙂

  • Anonymous
    May 31, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Katherine! How wonderful! I’m definitely getting myself a late mother day gift! Congratulations on expanding the offerings:) Irina.

    • Katherine
      June 1, 2016 at 10:40 am

      Hi dear Irina, thanks so much! And happy late Mother’s day to you!

  • Elaine
    May 31, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    The scarves are beautiful! I immediately think of the Louis Vuitton Sprouse scarves. How would you say they compare in terms of size and quality? Your price point is obviously much more attractive.

    • Katherine
      June 1, 2016 at 10:42 am

      Hi Elaine, I have the Sprouse (or had as I haven’t been able to locate it) but from what I remember, it was a rectangular shawl, versus the Sabi is square. The Sprouse has a more “deliberately wrinkled look” which I loved, the Sabi is smooth. In terms of quality I honestly feel in terms of softness and durability they are equal.

  • Amber
    June 1, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Wow these are very chic and priced really well. I just ordered the pink one… how quickly does it ship to the east coast? I can’t wait to see what item you will do next!

    <3 A

    • Katherine
      June 1, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      Thanks Amy! I hope you enjoy your pink one. You should expect it by next week at the latest.

  • bisbee
    June 1, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Lovely! Just ordered one in gray…can’t wait!

    • Katherine
      June 1, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      Thank you! I hope you love the gray 🙂

  • Anonymous
    June 1, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Totally love the design. Very lovely!! but can you please add solid colors too?

    • Katherine
      June 1, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      You’re the 4th person to ask for solids since yesterday…it is in the plan 🙂 Any colors you would like?

      • Cece
        June 6, 2016 at 7:10 pm

        I have been searching high and low for a light pink scarf (that lights up one’s complexion like the perfect shade of blush that does not blend with my skin tone because the color is too pale). Also, an indigo (deep purple blue) colored scarf will be the perfect pop of color for my black uniform during the fall/winter days and white uniform during the spring/summer days. A light turquoise colored scarf that reminds me of the beautiful ocean waters is dreamy too. You did a wonderful job with color selection for the prints; I can’t wait for your solid collection!

        • Katherine
          June 7, 2016 at 10:01 am

          Thanks Cece! All three colors sound gorgeous :))

  • keodi
    June 2, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    I purchased the grey, I can’t wait! i’ve been searching for a leopard scarf in this color way

    • Katherine
      June 3, 2016 at 7:18 am

      Thank you! I love this one, it changes color in the light.

  • Anonymous
    June 3, 2016 at 7:26 am

    I for one would love some solid colors too! Years ago I missed the chance to grab an Isabel Marant scarf, the color is more like Mikado yellow.

    • Katherine
      June 3, 2016 at 10:39 am

      I think I know the scarf you’re talking about, it was lovely – a bit of mustard in it.

  • Diana
    June 4, 2016 at 1:06 am

    Congratulations on your achievement! The scarves look great. I just placed an order and can’t wait to receive it! Would love to see what other products you come out with. 🙂

    • Katherine
      June 4, 2016 at 11:15 am

      Hi Diana, thank you for your support and I hope you love the shawl!

  • Tracy
    June 4, 2016 at 4:43 am

    Congratulations! They look great and what an accomplishment! I see you have international shipping, and I think I’ve finally come around to leopard as a neutral… 😀

    • Katherine
      June 4, 2016 at 11:16 am

      Leopard is a neutral…especially if you wear a lot of neutrals 🙂 Thank you!

  • Aimee
    June 4, 2016 at 8:59 am

    I just received my slate gray in the mail this morning, and I absolutely adore it! Even though it’s about to be summer in hot, muggy Houston, TX, I’ll still be able to wear it right away. It’s light enough to fit in my bag, and it will be perfect for dealing with the icy air conditioning inside restaurants, movie theaters, etc.

    Thank you, Katherine! I love it!

    • Katherine
      June 4, 2016 at 11:16 am

      Hi Aimee, I’m so glad you love it!! Enjoy and you’re right – perfect to fit in a bag and whip out when needed. Have a good weekend!

  • Denise
    June 6, 2016 at 9:20 am

    I received my Sabi this weekend. It is lovely and I am looking forward to wearing it in the fall. With the high temperatures in Las Vegas I doubt I’ll be able to wear it before October.

    • Katherine
      June 6, 2016 at 9:48 am

      Hi Denise, so glad you like it! I understand about Vegas, maybe inside when the AC is on blast? I hope you get lots of wear come October and the rest of the winter 🙂

  • Ava
    June 9, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Dear Katherine,

    These are really STUNNING!

    Wow! I am so proud of you – the design and color ways are really gorgeous! Leave it to you to be taking care of Baby Feather and creating such loveliness to boot (all while you were doing renovations – sorry if I am not remembering correctly from our emails – been so overwhelmed these past few months!) these are really gorgeous!!!

    I am so proud of you for endeavoring to make such gorgeous pieces to add to Passage 88! I can’t wait to see what else you have in store! 🙂 😀

    Big hugs,

    • Katherine
      June 10, 2016 at 10:48 am

      Thank you! Renos are done for now, thank goodness (though there’s still lots more to do!)