Holiday Interview with Cynthia Ivey Abitz

It can be tough to tear a busy designer away from her stacks of fabric swatches for 5 minutes. (Yes, even when you are married to her – which I am.) But that’s what I did on the one week anniversary of the 2012 Holiday Collection. I sat Cynthia Ivey Abitz (CIA) down for a 5 minute interview about her latest collection.

Cynthia's favorite everyday outfit from the Holiday Collection
One of Cynthia's favourite everyday ensembles from the Holiday Collection

What’s the thing you’re happiest with about this collection?

CIA: There’s a simplicity and a complexity to the Milton Vest and Milton Jacket that draws me in. It has very simple lines so it can conform to any shape. That’s the simplicity part of it. The complex part of it is when you look closely at the collar, it consists of many different pieces, and there are many rows of top stitching all around the collar for both structural and aesthetic reasons. That’s the kind of detail that I love in a garment. They’re subtle, and it only takes a few seconds to notice those details.

What’s the most versatile fabric in the collection?

CIA: Our staple linens are our most versatile. They can be mixed and matched with everything from luxurious brocades to a pair of vintage jeans. But the brocades are equally versatile. At first glance, one might look at them and think, “oh, those are too dressy,” because they’re so intricately woven.  Someone might love a brocade but think it’s too extravagant for their lifestyle or for where they live, but it’s really about mixing and matching, and putting it next to our other fabrics like our everyday linens. That dresses it down and makes it wearable for every day.

What makes a good holiday outfit?

CIA: There are so many answers to that question, and that’s the beauty of the collection. With so many options to mix and match within the Ivey Abitz collection as a whole, there’s an answer for me, and there are twenty other answers for twenty other people.

What are you wearing from the holiday collection?

CIA: My favorite ensemble for everyday wear has been the Fitz Vest in Floral Cotton Velvet over the new Phinneus Coat Dress. That over a pair of trousers or a frock, depending on the mood I’m in. It’s a great way to take what many people categorize as an ultra premium luxurious fabric and tone it down for every day.

 

Which of the holiday fabrics to you lean toward?

CIA: I gravitate toward the brocades that are intricately woven. That’s why there are four of them in the collection! I think they lend themselves so well to what Ivey Abitz is all about. They’re beautifully made, intricately woven, made with beautiful premium fibers from the best mills, and they complement the Ivey Abitz philosophy and aesthetic perfectly.

Do you have questions or comments for Cynthia about her holiday collection? Post them in the comments below!

Holiday Look Video

The Holiday Look Book in slideshow format. See bespoke Holiday Looks by Ivey Abitz, with a personal message from the designer Cynthia Ivey Abitz. Looks include vintage inspired Ivey Abitz designs in new fabrics, including rich brocades, embroidered silks, and cottons. And even a squiggly corduroy.

 

Embroidered Fabrics Selling Out

The Limited Edition Summer 2012 collection includes 3 elegant embroidered fabrics.

Of the three, Lake Embroidered Silk Charmeuse just sold out, so if you are interested in ordering bespoke Ivey Abitz garments in an embroidered fabric (at 20% off through 08/05/12), then don’t delay.

See all the fabrics from this collection at our fabric chart.

 

Lake Embroidered Silk Charmeuse
Lake Embroidered Silk Charmeuse sold out today.

Preferred Patrons Get Fabrics in Advance

Ivey Abitz Summer fabric swatch portfolio
Ivey Abitz Summer fabric swatch portfolio
Ivey Abitz Summer fabric swatch portfolio.

 

Today we mailed Summer 2012 fabric swatch portfolios to our Preferred Patrons before the summer collection debut.

This means three things:

  • The summer collection is almost ready!
  • Preferred Patrons will have the swatches in hand before the collection hits the website.
  • Preferred Patrons will have first choice of limited quantity fabrics.

How do you become an Ivey Abitz Preferred Patron? It’s simple: buy from every Ivey Abitz collection.

It is true that many Preferred Patrons are major Ivey Abitz collectors. However, you don’t have to dedicate an entire closet to IA in order to get patron perks. Even if you just buy a scarf from every collection – you’re in.

It’s not about quantity. It’s about a relationship. We love creating garments just for you, and we especially love doing that for you on a regular basis.

Some other perks include special offers not provided to the public. Some examples include

  1. First choice of special fabrics not available on the website.
  2. Complimentary garments for orders that meet a set purchase amount.
  3. Seasonal offers and special discounts.
  4. Rare samples offered for sale.

We would really love to add YOU to our growing list of Preferred Patrons. Won’t you join us? The current collection would be a great place to start.

Connect with us. We’ll announce coming collections in IA News and the Ivey Abitz Facebook page.

 

P.S. You can order your own fabric swatch portfolio from the current collection at our fabric swatch page.

Envisioning Ivey Abitz to Your Door

When you have a goal, such as collecting Ivey Abitz, it always helps to envision it in completion. Here is a vision of the Blanchefleur Vest in Regal Rosa Cotton Brocade transformed from a sample at IveyAbitz.com to a box for shipping to your door. Although in this case it could only be shipped to one lucky shopper’s door because it was a one-of-a-kind piece, you now have a vision of what is in store…

Ivey Abitz vest in a box ready to ship
The Blanchefleur Vest in Regal Rosa Cotton Brocade ready to ship.

 

Rare Archive Sample Sale

Ivey Abitz sample

We’ve opened up the Ivey Abitz archives and found over 90 rare samples that were used in look book photo shoots from 2009-2010. All are unique. Many are made in fabrics that sold out and cannot be obtained. Here are a few.

We’ve also posted samples on Pinterest and Facebook. Those are fun ways to view and share. But you can only buy the samples at IveyAbitz.com.

As a side note, we’ve just begun pinning on Pinterest. We’d love for you to join us by following us there. It would look very elegant to have your own board dedicated to Ivey Abitz!

And now…some samples.

 

Jackets over Frocks

Grey ensemble from Ivey Abitz

Sneak a Peek at This Spring’s Favourite Combination: Jackets over Frocks

Everyone is wearing Ivey Abitz jackets over frocks this spring! It’s a classic look that is even one of Cynthia’s favourites to wear around the city.

The most popular pairing this collection has been the new Fitzgerald Coat Dress over the new Fennefleur Frock.

Here are some Jacket-Over-Frock ensembles that were part of some recent orders. With different collectible antique or handmade buttons and handwork on the pleating, each ensemble is one-of-a-kind, made just for the person who ordered it.

 

Grey ensemble from Ivey Abitz
Fitzgerald Coat Dress in Ribbed Weave over the Fennefleur Frock in the Washed Silk.

 

Layered ensemble from Ivey Abitz
Fitzgerald Coat Dress in Ribbed Weave over the Fennefleur Frock in the Washed Silk.

 

Layered Ensemble from Ivey Abitz
Fitzgerald Coat Dress in Ribbed Weave over the Fennefleur Frock in the Washed Silk.

 

Layered ensemble from Ivey Abitz
Fitzgerald Coat Dress in Ribbed Weave over the Fennefleur Frock in the Washed Silk.

 

Grey ensemble from Ivey Abitz
Fitzgerald Coat Dress in Ribbed Weave over the Fennefleur Frock in the Washed Silk.

 

Fitzgerald Coat Dress in Ribbed Weave over the Fennefleur Frock in Herringbone Silk Linen.
Fitzgerald Coat Dress in Ribbed Weave over the Fennefleur Frock in Herringbone Silk Linen.

 

Fitzgerald Coat Dress in Ribbed Weave over the Fennefleur Frock in Herringbone Silk Linen.
Fitzgerald Coat Dress in Ribbed Weave over the Fennefleur Frock in Herringbone Silk Linen.

 

Fitzgerald Coat Dress in Ribbed Weave over the Fennefleur Frock in Herringbone Silk Linen.
Fitzgerald Coat Dress in Ribbed Weave over the Fennefleur Frock in Herringbone Silk Linen.

 

Fitzgerald Coat Dress in Ribbed Weave over the Fennefleur Frock in Herringbone Silk Linen.
Fitzgerald Coat Dress in Ribbed Weave over the Fennefleur Frock in Herringbone Silk Linen.

 

Fitzgerald Coat Dress in Ribbed Weave over the Fennefleur Frock in Herringbone Silk Linen.
Fitzgerald Coat Dress in Ribbed Weave over the Fennefleur Frock in Herringbone Silk Linen.

 

It’s easy to get your own jacket over frock combination at IveyAbitz.com!

Ivey Abitz Outtakes

Wolfie the shih tzu closeup

Ivey Abitz clothing is usually presented on a dress form, but this photo shoot provided special images for the home page of the website as well as newsletters. So this is a rare glimpse of behind-the-scenes real people – and dogs – interacting with the collection.

What are these beautiful dogs doing in this photo shoot?
The color pallette of this collection is based on the coloring of these two beautiful dogs, Wolfie and Artie. They are the objects of Cynthia’s love and affection. Their beauty and unconditional love is a source of inspiration. They are rescues from a puppy mill. (Shameless plug for animal rights – spay and neuter your animals and never buy an animal from a pet store!)

The main colors of Collection One 2012:

  • Wolfgang Grey
  • Arthur Brown

Following are outtakes from the Ivey Abitz Collection One 2012 photo shoot.