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Remembering Kaye – An Ivey Abitz Master Tailor

We have some sad news to share with our dear clients.

Kaye, one of our longtime master tailors and friends, died peacefully in her home last week.

We know most of you were not able to officially meet her in person, but you knew her through her fine sewing. She worked for Ivey Abitz from 2009-2020, and she has sewn thousands of bespoke garments for us. If you have several Ivey Abitz garments in your closet, then you most likely have special one-of-a-kind garments that were sewn by Kaye. 

Our other dear and incredibly talented tailors have also learned from Kaye over the years, and thankfully her legacy carries on through them with their attention to detail and dedication to mastering my challenging and intricate designs. 

I will miss working with Kaye in her impressive Brooklyn sewing studio she dedicated to Ivey Abitz since 2009. I will miss her dozens of calls while she was working on projects for us from her sewing studio and I was in my design studio. Phone calls were her versions of texts and emails — she was proudly “old school.” I’d put her on speaker phone, and we’d go over things together. Our dogs know Kaye by the sound of her voice; they knew her as Auntie Kaye. She knew how to stop Artie from barking. She knew how to turn Harry’s head by singing an impromptu Broadway tune. She knew how to spread love and joy through everything she did — especially through a sewing project. 

Her sudden death has admittedly shaken me to my core, and it will take awhile to process the enormous loss. I truly loved Kaye. She wasn’t just a coworker. She was a friend. She was part of our family. I will miss her quirkiness, talent, and love. But I have to trust, just as she believed, that she isn’t gone—she’s just gone on before. She’s now with her dear dog/daughter Mandy who died in 2009. She mentioned her often, and she missed her so much. The thought of this brings a smile to my face and gives me peace. 

— Cynthia Ivey Abitz 

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At the Pool where Churchill Swam

Look 5 Ivey Abitz Collection 64. Ivey ABitz at Eleanor Roosevelt's pool where churchill swam.
Scattergood Shirt Jacket in Unity Velvet Vine on Silk Chiffon; Scattergood Frock in Unity Floral Silk Velvet; Scattergood Duster Coat in Unity Washed Linen (draped next to top hat). Location: Pool where Winston Churchill swam when vistiting Val-Kill. Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site.

Above: Ivey Abitz Collection no. 64, Look no. 5. Photographed with permission beside the Stone Cottage pool at Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, Hyde Park, NY.

Our new Scattergood designs are featured at the pool where Winston Churchill swam, sans his famous top hat, when he visited Eleanor Roosevelt’s cottage in Hyde Park, New York.

Winston Churchill, sans tophat, taking a swim in the pool beside Stone Cottage during one of his visits to Hyde Park, New York. Photograph courtesy National Park Service.
Winston Churchill, sans top hat, taking a swim in the pool beside Stone Cottage during one of his visits to Hyde Park, New York. Photograph courtesy National Park Service.

Alliances were discussed as the world sought unity. Eleanor’s humble idyll and gracious hospitality helped bring about that world peace.

We celebrate Eleanor’s work and words about unity and peace in our new collection, shown above in our new client favourites, the Scattergood designs, featured in our new Unity palette and weaves.

The designs’ intentions — to scatter good wherever you go — tip a hat to the historic meetings that took place at Eleanor’s cottage where world leaders determined how to scatter good worldwide.

What we choose to wear each day is a declaration. What will your declaration be?

Find your voice in the new Ivey Abitz Look Book. Your declaration, in the form of bespoke garments, will be made just for you in New York and shipped in a few short weeks.

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Eleanor Roosevelt’s Unity Quote

“If unity is important for a nation, we must realize that it cannot really exist unless we can bring about unity between the groups which make up that nation.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

the unity palette from Ivey Abitz
The unity palette from Ivey Abitz.

Here at Ivey Abitz, we look to our better angels for inspiration and guidance.

Our Unity palette and new collection featuring our new Vanetten designs represent Eleanor’s wisdom and declaration for us. What we choose to wear each day is a declaration. What will your declaration be? Find your sartorial voice at iveyabitz.com.

Photographed with permission in the walled garden at the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site. Photograph in the quote courtesy FDR Library.

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Eleanor’s Litmus Test

Eleanor's Litmus Test - a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt about dogs and human relationships.
Eleanor’s Litmus Test

Eleanor Roosevelt knew a thing or two about relationships.

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VOTE 2020

VOTE

Eleanor votes in one of the first elections in which women had the right to vote. New York, November 3, 1936. Photograph courtesy FDR Library.
Eleanor Roosevelt votes in one of the first elections in which women had the right to vote. New York, November 3, 1936. Photograph courtesy FDR Library.

A Personal Note from Cynthia

This is a reminder to all of our clients in the United States: if you haven’t done so already in early voting, remember to vote on November 3rd.


Eleanor Roosevelt, along with her friends, worked very hard a hundred years ago so that women could have the vote in the United States. They have passed the torch on to us to make certain EVERYONE is treated with respect and equality.

Cynthia Ivey Abitz stands in line to vote in 2020.
Cynthia stands in line to vote during the pandemic, 100 years after the 19th amendment gave women the right to vote in the United States. New York, October 30, 2020. Photograph courtesy Josh Ivey Abitz.

I thought about Eleanor a lot as Josh and I stood in line together, waiting to vote in the rain and unusual autumn snow squalls yesterday here in New York. For the hour and forty minutes we were in line, there was a sense of reverence from the people waiting. Everyone was masked for the pandemic, respectful and kind while exercising their civic duty. It made me hopeful that a world can continue that honours civility and kindness—one that Eleanor reminds us will only happen if we make it so.

She once wrote, “It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”

An important part of the work is voting, so please remember to vote.

If you plan to wear your Ivey Abitz garments when you vote, please send us photographs of you in action. We’d love to see images of solidarity and hope as we exercise our right to vote.

— Cynthia Ivey Abitz

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Client Comments about Ivey Abitz Collection no. 63

Read What Clients are Saying

Collection no. 63, c. 2020 – Sartorial Sanctuary

Ivey Abitz clients are wonderful. They are some of the kindest people we’ve ever met, and we’re so grateful for them. Oftentimes, they take the time to write us after receiving an order from us and upon a new collection debut. Here are a few excerpts of our favourites that we have recently received during the new collection, Sartorial Sanctuary. 

— I treasure my Ivey Abitz wardrobe, not only for its versatility and comfort, but also for its sturdiness, and the meticulous craft and care in its design and seamstress-work that go into each and every garment. I know this wardrobe will last me a lifetime, and my first purchases are my favorites to wear, due to the softness and ease that comes with wearing and enjoying them often. They are my Sartorial Sanctuary indeed! 

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— It is the most stunning collection and photo shoot you have ever done! I leave my booklet out on my table so I can look at it again and again as I wait for my garments to be made. 

Look book cover from the Ivey Abitz bespoke clothing Collection no. 63 - Sartorial Sanctuary.
Cover of the Ivey Abitz Look Book for Collection no. 63, c. 2020 – Sartorial Sanctuary.

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— Thanks for the kind note and the lovely packaging on my new capsule wardrobe, it really created a festive atmosphere. My daughter, in particular, quite admired the Fairhome Frock and the Wildefield Frock. I am wearing that very outfit now and I am throughly impressed with not only the quality of the construction of the garments but also the extreme comfort, better than sweatpants or pajamas, to my surprise.

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— I had to take a moment and tell you how amazing you are.  I don’t know how you keep coming out with new designs, new collections, amazing fabric and combinations and just nail it collection after collection with everything going on in the world. The fabrics are so amazing and the designs are delightful and you are magic.

Meet the New Hudson Designs

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— My dear….we both know I’ve seen a number of look-books during our time together.  However, this collection, these fabrics, your pairings are without question the most astoundingly beautiful notions I’ve seen spring from your brilliant mind.

Every photo is just…silly beautiful.  The back cover ensemble is “transportational.”

Well, well, well done you.

Ivey Abitz Look 43 from Collection no. 63 Sartorial Sanctuary. Bespoke clothing for women.
Featured on the back cover of the Collection no. 63 look book: Montmorency Wrap Jacket in Sandy Embroidered Silk Organza; Wrennie Frock in Watercolour Silk Weave; Fairholme Frock in Peony Washed Plaid Silk; Cilla Slip Frock in Peony Soft Ribbed Knit. Ivey Abitz at Boscobel House and Gardens

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Mask Project

When we read the first news article about nurses and doctors in the NYC area in short supply of masks, we reached out to our clients in the healthcare profession to see if we could help in some way. They confirmed that the need was great.

Ivey Abitz is donating many yards of our finest and sturdiest natural fiber fabrics to create masks that can be washed and sanitized again and again.

Our dear tailors have each made dozens of masks for the initial surge in our area, and we will donate more as needed.

More masks are being sent out this week, and we will continue to donate masks to healthcare professionals as they need them.

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Ivey Abitz Magazine Volume 2 Released

Cynthia Ivey Abitz, clothing designer, walks the beach with part of her shih tzu pack.
Cynthia Ivey Abitz, clothing designer, walks the beach with part of her shih tzu pack. Please spay and neuter your animals! As featured on the cover of Authentic Everyday, an Ivey Abitz Journal, volume 2.

 

Authentic Everyday, Volume 2, brings you together with five women who have something unique in common – they love rescuing animals and wearing Ivey Abitz clothing.

In this magazine, you’ll enjoy fine photography from Ivey Abitz as well as several other photographers. You’ll see Ivey Abitz clothing on unique women in unique settings, all of them authentic to the core.

You’ll meet dogs galore, and the Ivey Abitz cat, Camilla. You’ll see some of the faces behind the fabric and design names in the Ivey Abitz bespoke clothing collection.

You’ll meet extraordinary women. From Emmy Winning actress and radio show host Carolyn Hennesy in California, to Forbes Top Financial Advisor Nora in Texas with her horses and rescue dogs, to Lorraine in New England living her dream in an historic home with her rescued cavaliers.

Cynthia Ivey Abitz, clothing designer, walks Lake Huron with her rescue dogs.
Cynthia Ivey Abitz, clothing designer, walks Lake Huron with her rescue dogs. This image is from Authentic Everyday, Volume 2.

You’ll go on a walk with Cynthia Ivey Abitz to some of her favorite places with some of her favourite four-legged creatures.

You’ll get a glimpse of what inspires the Ivey Abitz clothing collection.

And so much more.

Read more and buy a copy of Authentic Everyday, Volume 2, here. Or get it in a set with Volume 1.

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New Base Layering Frock for Summer

Limited Edition Blanchefleur Frock is a solid base layer for summer from Ivey Abitz.

Our all-time favourite Blanchefleur Frock, worn by many of our clients for over a decade now, is available this spring and summer as a limited edition frock. It features our Washed Stripe Weaves, available in Gardenia/Sand or Sun/Sand.

Learn more at the Limited Edition Blanchefleur Frock design page.

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Autumn Winter Collection Debut

Autumn Winter 2018 is here. This new collection celebrates the remarkable minds of women. Read all about it in the Ivey Abitz Autumn Winter 2018 Collection Debut Press Release.

One of 42 looks from the new collection by Ivey Abitz for Autumn Winter 2018.
Eleanora Jacket in First Edition and Parchment Checked Chenille; Fairholme Shirt in Antique Parchment Raised Striped Weave; Fairholme Necktie in Antique Parchment Herringbone Weave; Fairholme Skirt in Parchment and Ink Plaid Weave. Ivey Abitz Bespoke Clothing.

Ivey Abitz Clothing Collection Inspired by Remarkable Minds of Women

Ivey Abitz unveiled a new autumn winter collection of bespoke clothing designs this week in a look book of 42 looks, over 100 designs, and 44 fabrics.

The Ivey Abitz Autumn/Winter Collection was inspired by “the remarkable minds of women,” as described by designer Cynthia Ivey Abitz. Through her new collection of clothing, Ivey Abitz seeks to celebrate the freedom and rights of women to educate themselves and exercise the power that comes with that knowledge.

As stated by Ivey Abitz in the artist statement for her new collection, “This new collection celebrates the education of women made possible not only by trailblazers who demanded equality and respect, but by individuals today demanding the same through daily personal interactions big and small, public and private.”

Education often comes from books, and a place full of books is more commonly known as a library, but from an aesthetic point of view, the new Ivey Abitz look book would also qualify as such a place.

This is not due to the physical presence of books, although there is a book appearing in every one of the 42 ensembles styled by the designer and photographed by her husband, Josh Ivey Abitz. The representation of books in this collection comes from the “palette of antique first edition bindings, rhythmic rows of volumes lined up on a shelf, and hues on the pages that empower us.”

As one views the Autumn Winter look book, available at IveyAbitz.com, one senses the feeling of classic leather bound books – gorgeous hand bound books that deserve their own bookstand in an aisle of a great place of learning.

Autumn Winter brings with it several new designs, namely the Baudelaire Shirt, Eleanora Jacket, Fairholme Necktie, Fairholme Shirt, Hillsdale Jacket, and Hopewell Frock.

In addition to designs making their debut in this collection, Ivey Abitz carries over clients’ favourite designs from season to season, choosing carefully to showcase certain aspects of each design in relation to the current fabric palette. For example, a duster coat draped over a frock in a certain way creates a sensation of vertical book bindings. Many Ivey Abitz ensembles give one a similar feeling to that which is experienced when looking at well designed books.

Ivey Abitz is a design company in New York specializing in bespoke clothing for women. Available exclusively from the designer’s website at IveyAbitz.com.