Finnish-born, London-based designer Teija Eilola launched her namesake line in 2012. She favors clean lines that embrace interesting silhouettes executed in premium fabrics.
“I think my pieces with hand-smocking offer something that feels a little escapist. The richness of volume and the intense intricacy of the handwork in each piece offer a little escape from the everyday. I think in some of us, it invokes the memory of a grandmother’s linens; in others, the memory of a special book that left a lasting impression. Or, perhaps it’s a glimpse to a perfect holiday memory that has not happened yet.” -Teija Eilola
Monographie, started in Paris by Aude Casteja, reworks and reimagines classic women’s shirting to create new facets of the wardrobe stable.
“I’ve always had a shirt addiction. Monographie puts my minimalist expression into this classic and lets my imagination take shirts into fresh, experimental design territory. What these pieces represent to a wardrobe is not revolution, but a new focal point. I don’t design anything I wouldn’t wear myself. I like things that are completely wearable, but dramatically different.” -Aude Casteja
Frustrated by the lack of the perfect blouse, Parisian designer Atlantique Ascoli launched a line herself. She draws on Victorian tailoring and modern architecture to create truly innovative shirting.
“I like shirts to be able to stand on their own without needing anything else, and to be versatile enough to fit different occasions depending on the way you choose to wear them. This shirt can be worn either straight or gathered at the low waist and also looks great under a sweater with its collar sticking out.” -Atlantique Ascoli
Robert Rodriguez brings an effortless, West Coast cool to his elevated wardrobe staples, and this season he’s reimagined classic shirting in a variety of proportions.
“I love to design unexpected white shirts. A shirt is a vital piece in a women’s wardrobe; it’s all in the detail and the cut—a basic that’s never basic.” -Robert Rodriguez
BARNEY NEW YORK
Barneys New York offers thoughtful, nuanced takes on wardrobe essentials like shirting, elevating them into must-have territory.
“Who doesn’t love a crisp cotton shirt? It truly polishes any look. And while we love a basic, borrowed-from-the-boys button-down, this season we’re also falling in love with new twists like ruffles, off-the-shoulder cutouts, and peplums. This feminine blouse done in menswear cotton is perfect for summer and will transition well into fall.” -Marina Larroudé
Israeli-born, New York-based Nili Lotan brings an ease and sophistication to wardrobe staples. Her shirting combines relaxed tailoring with masculine-meets-feminine details.
“I always love a good shirt. It’s the ultimate versatile item—effortless, sexy, and inherently cool. My Shiloh top has a relaxed, oversized silhouette that can be paired with anything, plus it’s universally flattering. I love the juxtaposition of the striped cotton poplin, which is reminiscent of a classic men’s shirt, and the lace-up detailing that adds a touch of femininity.” -Nili Lotan