Midsummer 2018 Fabrics Selling Out

Midsummer fabrics are selling out. Here is an updated list so you can plan your next Ivey Abitz bespoke purchase. See the complete fabric palette.

Midsummer 2018 Fabrics

SOLD OUT

Black and White Striped Ponte Knit by Ivey Abitz
Black and White Striped Ponte Knit SOLD OUT 8/27/18

 

Onward Blue Embroidered Voile by Ivey Abitz
Onward Blue Embroidered Voile SOLD OUT 8/27/18

 

Rising Sun Washed Silk Chiffon by Ivey Abitz
Rising Sun Washed Silk Chiffon SOLD OUT 8/26/18

 

Black and White Plaid by Ivey Abitz
Black and White Plaid SOLD OUT 7/9/18

 

Morning Sky Striped Voile by Ivey Abitz
Morning Sky Striped Voile – Sold Out 7/13/18

Morning Sky Washed Linen by Ivey Abitz
Morning Sky Washed Linen– Sold Out 7/23/18

 

Almost Sold Out Fabrics

Onward Blue and White Eyelet

Onward Blue and White Eyelet by Ivey Abitz
Onward Blue and White Eyelet– almost sold out. Order soon if you want a bespoke design made in this fabric.

Onward Blue Puckered Knit

Onward Blue Puckered Knit by Ivey Abitz
Onward Blue Puckered Knit– almost sold out. Order in this fabric soon before it is sold out.

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Thoughts About The Beauty Suit

Thoughts about The Beauty Suit, a book by Lauren Shields

by Cynthia IveyAbitz

Shields - The Beauty Suit book coverWhen Lauren shared the exciting news with me about the impending release of her new book The Beauty Suit, I was thrilled to learn that someone had given such serious thought to clothing and how it impacts our everyday lives.

The day Lauren’s book arrived to me in the mail, my world stopped, and I read it cover to cover. As an artist that has devoted my life’s work to designing clothing that honours the internal and external self, it was so hopeful to read about Lauren’s journey from wearing the Beauty Suit (the mass-produced, tight clothing, the latest contouring palette, the revealing tops) to studying how different religions determine what is considered appropriate for clothing and why. Their norms have an undeniable impact on the norms of modern mainstream culture, as oftentimes trends are a reaction to them. It was fascinating to read what Lauren learned through her project of shedding the Beauty Suit, covering herself for the first time in her adulthood, and then trying to figure out what to do after her project was finished.

It’s an honour to know that, post-project and pre-release of Lauren’s book, she found a sartorial home in Ivey Abitz. We enjoy creating for her and getting to know her. We’re also pleased to announce the release of her new book, and we encourage everyone to order a copy and read it. It’s an important read for those that have worn the Beauty Suit or that choose to still wear it. It is, perhaps, an even more important read for those of us that have never felt the pressure to wear the Beauty Suit. Lauren’s book is a window into a world of immense pressure that focuses on sex appeal to stand out and be noticed. I discovered a newfound empathy and understanding of the women that wear the Beauty Suit trends.

To be sure, this book is not an attempt to shame women that choose to wear the Beauty Suit. Rather, I see it as a meditation on how we can transcend the current norms to find something better. We’re pleased that Lauren found that something better for herself in our garments. We know Ivey Abitz garments are not for everyone, and that’s okay. But we are thrilled to be here for Lauren and others that are delving deep into challenging questions, finding answers for themselves, and realizing that it’s a meaningful thing to be set apart from what she sees as demeaning trends. Lauren’s book beckons all of us, men and women, to wear clothing that doesn’t merely focus on our sexual assets and touts our sexual appeal but that celebrates and honours the entire person–body, mind, and spirit.

— Cynthia Ivey Abitz

Did you read The Beauty Suit or do you have a personal experience with it? Leave a thoughtful comment below. All comments are moderated.

Further reading: Lauren Shields interviewed Cynthia Ivey Abitz about her relationship to the Beauty Suit. Read the interview.

Ivey Abitz on the Red Carpet Emmys 2018

Emmy Winner Carolyn Hennesy wears Ivey Abitz as she hosts the Red Carpet at the 45th Daytime Emmy Awards, 2018. Carolyn’s gown was made just for her.

Carolyn’s Gown

— One hundred percent washed silk, cross-woven with rust and green threads. The weave changes hues in various lighting to look like liquid or a flowing metal. It is a silk weaving technique that was used during the Regency period for royal court gowns, though this silk is new and was woven this year.

— Handmade pin-tucking adorns the waist and handmade pleating adorns the bottom hem of the gown.

— Antique dog brooch, circa early 1900’s, is nestled inside of a hand sculpted brooch that adorns the tie in back.

— Over sixty hand sculpted floral embellishments adorn the bottom hem. Each was sculpted, then hand sewn onto the gown, taking three weeks to finish.

See more images at the Ivey Abitz website.

Fabric Status Page Tracks Sold Out and Nearly Sold Out Weaves

Original Plaster Embroidered Washed Silk - Description: The Spring 2018 piece de resistance, alongside the Lawn Washed Pintuck Silk. A mix of refreshing and calming hues, all in one weave. The variegated striped silk background makes an incredibly unique background for the intricately embroidered floral and vine motif. The vine design cascades across the body, creating a flattering detail within your flattering IA frock.

Introducing the new Fabric Status page at IveyAbitz.com.

We receive many inquiries asking about which fabrics are nearly sold out in the current bespoke collection. Now you can save time and get the answers directly from the Fabric Status page.

Sold Out fabrics are listed at the top, and Nearly Sold Out fabrics are listed next. Keep in mind that sometimes fabrics will sell out before we have a chance to add them to this list. The moral of that story is to order early for best fabric selection.

We will be updating the fabric status page manually as we monitor our fabric stock, so use it as a guide but not a guarantee of availability.

Sometimes we are able to get more of a particular fabric after it is sold out, but this is a rare occasion. It may involve a wait while the fabric is made at the mill, which can take weeks or even months. In this case, we suggest discovering a new fabric to obsess over. Remember, the next collection is always around the corner. And one thing you can depend on is the continuation of the Ivey Abitz aesthetic from season to season.

As always, contact us if you have questions about fabrics. Even with website technology at our disposal, there is no substitute for personal interaction.

IA101 Debut – Essential Ivey Abitz Designs Ready to Ship

IA101 Essentials are Ivey Abitz garments Ready to Ship

Introducing IA101 Essentials – Ready to Ship

IA101 Essentials are Ivey Abitz garments Ready to Ship
IA101 Essentials are Ready to Ship

We are pleased to announce an Ivey Abitz first…

Introducing IA101 Essentials, a collection of ready-to-ship designs to jump start your Ivey Abitz wardrobe.

We selected a core group of designs that make the basic building blocks of a comprehensive Ivey Abitz collection, and we made them ready-to-ship.

IA101 is your entry to the world of Ivey Abitz. With the basics in your closet, you’ll be ready to build your authentic wardrobe with bespoke pieces from our seasonal collections.

Shop the basics in IA101, and you’ll get everyday life garments you’ll love mixing and matching for years to come.

Soon you’ll be living comfortably, confidently, and authentically with Ivey Abitz garments as your second skin.

Start with the IA101 Look Book to see the looks you can put together.

Or go directly to the IA101 shopping page where you’ll find all the ready-to-ship designs awaiting you.

Gratefully yours,

-all of us at Ivey Abitz

I voted wearing my Ivey Abitz

Voting is yet another empowering activity enhanced by wearing Ivey Abitz.
Voting is yet another empowering activity enhanced by wearing Ivey Abitz.

This photograph features the New York State I Voted sticker from last week’s election day, honouring 100 years of women’s right to vote in the United States. Voting day ensemble includes garments from the new Fall/Winter 2017-18 Collection – the Pineyrie Jacket in Tilled Field/Pewter Knit with the Limited Edition Blanchefleur Frock in River Houndstooth Rustic Cotton. The Attic Scarf from years back (from Collection One – 2010) is worn around the neck.

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.

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!