Designer Notes

Notes from designer Cynthia Ivey Abitz.

Beacon of Hope

November 12, 2016
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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 -...

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Gilbert and the Gilbert Cardigan

August 26, 2016
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Gilbert and the Gilbert Cardigan

The Limited Edition Gilbert Cardigan was named after one of our four-footed children. 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...

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Cottage Design Collection by Ivey Abitz

May 31, 2014
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Cottage Design Collection by Ivey Abitz

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.

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A Great Traveler and Top Layer

May 5, 2014
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A Great Traveler and Top Layer

Romantic without being too sentimental. It is the perfect play of blue and white hues. The floral motif flits and floats across the 100 percent French cotton voile.

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Fabric Spotlight – Faded Rose Washed Plaid Gauze

April 29, 2014
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Fabric Spotlight – 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.

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A Great Ivey Abitz Starter Set

November 3, 2013
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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

November 2, 2013
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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

October 31, 2013
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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

October 24, 2013
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Casual and Playful Ivey Abitz Designs

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.

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Just Shipped Out

October 22, 2013
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Just Shipped Out

This recent ensemble order from an Ivey Abitz client shows a variation on a theme from our ensembles in our Look Book.

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