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.
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.
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!
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.
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.