Beacon of Hope

 

An important part of our mission at Ivey Abitz is to celebrate individuality. But this week we also experienced solidarity. We received an extra outpouring of gratitude from clients finding solace in their Ivey Abitz clothing. We’re so grateful to our beloved clients across the country – and the world – for sharing your hopes and fears with us. You continue to show grace and love through your words, and you exemplify how we can find hope in our everyday lives.

What clients are saying this week…

“Thank you for putting beauty out into the world. We need it now, more than ever before.”

“I’ve worn my favourite Ivey Abitz outfits all week. It is helping me through this difficult time.”

“The clothing you make for me is a beacon of hope.”

“We must surround ourselves with beauty and goodness. Thank you for being a refuge for me.”

“My new fall clothing arrived this week, just when I needed it most. It helps empower me to get out into the world and continue working hard to make this world a better place.”

Gilbert and the Gilbert Cardigan

Meet Gilbert, namesake of the Gilbert Cardigan

Gilbert with his fabric swatches for bowties, given to him by his fabric friends in NYC.
Gilbert with his fabric swatches for bowties, given to him by his fabric friends in NYC.
Gilbert inspecting fabrics from his favourite travel bag, where he feels safe.
Gilbert inspecting fabrics from his favourite travel bag, where he feels safe.

The Limited Edition Gilbert Cardigan was named after one of our four-footed children. Gilbert was rescued from a wretched puppy mill in 2013. Thankfully, he wasn’t filling his puppy-making quota, so he was surrendered to WeHelpAnimals.net, a rescue group run by our dear friends in Tennessee. He’s been an absolute joy to have in our lives.

Because of his smaller size and quiet disposition, Gilbert frequently accompanies me on many outings. His favourite outing is visiting our fabric makers in New York City where he gets doted on with treats and fabric swatches for bowties. His sweetness, quirkiness, and playfulness is emulated in the playful stripes and comfort of the Gilbert Cardigan.

May Gilbert’s namesake cardigan become a faithful everyday companion for you as well.

– Cynthia Ivey Abitz

Limited Edition Gilbert Cardigan from Limited Edition 2016 Collection, as shown in our comfortable and versatile Inkwell/Natural White Textured Striped Knit.
Limited Edition Gilbert Cardigan from Limited Edition 2016 Collection, as shown in our comfortable and versatile Inkwell/Natural White Textured Striped Knit.

Go Everywhere and Do Everything in Ivey Abitz

Go Everywhere and Do Everything in Ivey Abitz

This has been a motto for quite some time for us, and it’s a wonderful thing to see it firsthand in our clients’ lives. Comfort and beauty are relevant for hardworking women.

We’d like all of you to meet a new client that has become quite special to us. A farmer, veterinarian, and artist, Leslie has appreciated Ivey Abitz for years and placed her first order from Summer 2016.

Along with these beautiful photos of Leslie working her farm wearing Ivey Abitz, we received a heartfelt note from Leslie included below.

Leslie working on her North Carolina farm wearing her Ivey Abitz Phinneus Coat Dress in Wolfie Grey Crinkled Voile.
Leslie working on her North Carolina farm wearing her Ivey Abitz Phinneus Coat Dress in Wolfie Grey Crinkled Voile.
Leslie working on her North Carolina farm wearing her Ivey Abitz Phinneus Coat Dress in Wolfie Grey Crinkled Voile.
Leslie working on her North Carolina farm wearing her Ivey Abitz Phinneus Coat Dress in Wolfie Grey Crinkled Voile.

My Phinneus Coat Dress arrived today. My fingers brushed its material as I pushed aside the tissue paper wrapping. I was immediately compelled to grasp the beautiful and surprisingly soft steel gray bundle without unfolding it and hold it against my cheek, relishing in its coolness. I let the fabric flow over my hands as I unfolded it and gazed upon my very first Ivey Abitz creation…sigh…..I am truly blessed. Thank you.

-Leslie in North Carolina

Thanks to Leslie – and her husband’s photography – for sharing a glimpse of beauty with all of us.

Cottage Design Collection by Ivey Abitz

A cottage.

A getaway that’s all your own.

A refuge from the have-to’s and the must-do’s.

Cottages come in different forms: a room set apart from the rest of your home, a cabin in the mountains or by the seaside, or a moment in time where you can shut out the world and surround yourself with comforts.

This is the new Cottage Design Collection — Cottage Camisole, Cottage Trousers, and Cottage Frock. They have a put-together quality about them, yet their abundant ease fills you with the comfort that makes the idea of a cottage so very profound.

We invite you to come to our Cottage and make it your very own. Find your getaway Cottage in Ivey Abitz, and order your favourites straight away!

A Great Traveler and Top Layer

Wispy White/Pond Floral Voile

Romantic without being too sentimental. It is the perfect play of blue and white hues.

Wispy White/Pond Floral Voile in Look No. 1 of the Ivey Abitz Summer Look Book
Wispy White/Pond Floral Voile in Look No. 1 of the Ivey Abitz Summer Look Book

The floral motif flits and floats across the 100 percent French cotton voile.

Semi-transparent.

Wispy White/Pond Floral Voile in Look No. 1 of the Ivey Abitz Summer Look Book allows other fabrics to show through for a special layering effect.
Note how the Wispy White Floral top fabric allows the plaid fabric of the frock beneath to show through.

Ideal for layering in extremely hot weather.

Wispy White/Pond Floral Voile is a great choice for your Ivey Abitz sash or scarf for summer.
Wispy White/Pond Floral Voile is a great choice for your Ivey Abitz sash or scarf for summer.

Great traveler because it looks better crushed. Spritz with water, twist, and it is refreshed and lovely.

Simply hand wash cold and line dry, or gentle cycle cold and tumble dry on low heat.

Fabric Spotlight – Faded Rose Washed Plaid Gauze

Faded Rose Washed Plaid Gauze, a light layering fabric for summer from Ivey Abitz.
Faded Rose Washed Plaid Gauze

Faded Rose Washed Plaid Gauze – Our double layered Italian cotton gauze is the most intricate and complicated gauze we have EVER met. It is incredible.

Truly incredible.

The play between the bolder and more faded design in the plaid plays tricks on your eyes, drawing you in even closer to it.

It is so breezy, but there is great coverage, considering it is a cotton gauze.

A hue note: the Faded Rose hue is really in the plaid. It is subtle in comparison to the black, but it is there, and it is what makes this gauze for us.

This fabric is a great traveler because it looks better crushed. Spritz with water, twist, and it is refreshed and lovely.

Simply hand wash cold and line dry.

This fabric is featured in Ivey Abitz Summer 2014 looks 6, 42, and 48.

Look 48 features the Cilla Slip Frock Flood Length in in Faded Rose Washed Plaid Gauze by Ivey Abitz.
Look 48 features the Cilla Slip Frock Flood Length in in Faded Rose Washed Plaid Gauze.

Note how the plaid is used on the bias in certain layers of garments to add contrast and cause that extremely pleasurable sensation of feeling beautiful.

A Great Ivey Abitz Starter Set

An Ivey Abitz clothing ensemble as ordered by a client.
A great Ivey Abitz starter set.

These garments were ordered to be worn just as you see them here. The Cozette Skirt was also chosen to be worn with other garments like the Hambledon Duster Coat, Truitt Jacket, Holkham Hall Vest, and Amorette Shirt Jacket to name a few. This is a great example of a “starter set” in Ivey Abitz where you can easily expand your wardrobe with just one ensemble. Mixing and matching possibilities are plentiful.

Holkham Hall Shirt in Black and White Striped Cotton Scrim
Holkham Hall Necktie in Black and White Plaid Cotton Voile
Cavendish Cardigan in Black Checked Netting
Cozette Skirt in Signature Black Ribbed Weave

Find them all here: IveyAbitz.com

Go-to frock of the season

This just shipped out…

Clothing by Ivey Abitz.
This just shipped to an Ivey Abitz client.

The Addy in plaid, as well as our other frocks, have been the go-to frock of the season. Here’s another ensemble that was just made for a client, combining our Foggy Cotton Velvet Corduroy with our Foggy/Black Soft Plaid Cotton. A Baedeker Scarf in our Signature Black Ribbed Weave is as comfortable and versatile as it is lovely draped around the neck. The bias cut pleating in our Mathilda designs feature the variegated cording in the cotton velvet, making a striking addition to the ensemble.

Try not to wear it every day

Ivey Abitz ensemble
Actual ensemble that shipped to an Ivey Abitz client.

This is the kind of ensemble that you have to force yourself not to wear everyday. Our indispensable Elliot Jacket makes a perfect pairing over the Addy Frock. The Addy is particularly stunning in plaid with its bias cut insets, pockets, and waistband. It’s relevant for casual everyday wear, for going out, and for special occasions. Best of all, it’s comfortable AND elegant — a signature Ivey Abitz combination.

Elliot Jacket in Foggy Soft Ribbed Knit

Addy Frock in Black and Foggy Soft Plaid Cotton

Casual and Playful Ivey Abitz Designs

A casual and playful look from Ivey Abitz.
Look 15 is casual and playful.
Notes from designer, Cynthia Ivey Abitz

Look 15 is one of the more casual and playful ensembles in the new collection.

The warm, rich colour in the Amorette Shirt Jacket draped over a slightly cooler plaid in the Fennefleur Frock is an unexpected juxtaposition without looking over-the-top.

A sash or necktie in our green linen is a nice touch loosely tied around the neck.

It’s also a featured look in our Walk on a Rainy Day gallery, a favourite with our patrons.

We’re almost sold out of the Russet Old World Wool Knit, so if you’d like this ensemble in your lifetime wardrobe, it’s a good time to have it made, just for you.

See more of Look 15 at the look book.

– Cynthia Ivey Abitz