Designer Spotlight

Stay warm and stylish with the fashion-forward creations of these local scarf designers.

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    Studio Line Infiniti Chain scarf, $280 (normally $350), at International Playground

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    Two-button cowl, $170 (normally $213), at International Playground

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    Studio Line Infiniti Chain scarf, $280 (normally $350), at International Playground

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    Studio Line Two-button cowl, $300 (normally $375), at International Playground

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    Studio Line Infiniti Chain scarf, $280 (normally $350), at International Playground

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    Kerchief Bib, $158 (normally $197), at International Playground

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    Chain Cowl, $134 (normally $167), at International Playground

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    Designer Rachael Warner


Studio Line Infiniti Chain scarf, $280 (normally $350), at International Playground

Rachael Warner of Spratters & Jayne

Who she is: A photographer by trade, Warner knows a thing or two about cozy cold-weather accessories: The self-described "lightning-fast"crocheter first picked up a pair of needles as a ten-year-old growing up on a snow-covered North Dakota farm, and hasn't put them down since. "I've always been into really chunky knits and crochets," she explains. "And I've always loved cool scarves." After moving east to study art at Vassar College, Warner's photography career led her to NYC, where her homemade, oversize styles were a hit among friends and strangers alike. "People were stopping me every ten seconds," she says of the wool scarves she crafts in her Brooklyn apartment. "One woman was literally not going to let me move until I sold her the scarf off of my body!" Warner officially launched Spratters & Jayne, named after her boyfriend's pet turtles, in January 2009.
About the line: Warner's collection of 100 percent Peruvian Highland wool scarves ($136--$248) features five statement-making styles, each handmade by women artisans in the foothills of the Andes. "It's all done with such care," enthuses Warner, who travels to Peru each year to teach the production team how to crochet her new patterns. The resulting super-soft—and ultra-warm—pieces offer protection from the elements in the form of souped-up, dramatic silhouettes. Available in a palette of earthy neutrals, the looks range from straightforward cowl styles to the funky, rope-like Infiniti Chain scarf, which can be worn multiple ways, including as a loose shrug (thank goodness for the handy how-to-wear diagram). "Some of the more major pieces are pretty overwhelming to have on, but they're so fun to wear," explains Warner. "Even if you just have to run to the deli, you throw this on and you look like you're dressed up." Her recently launched Studio Line ($350--$375), which allows fans to custom-order their favorite styles in one of 30 colors, uses double the yarn for an even "bigger and fuzzier" result. Look out for her spring collection, full of gauze and cotton jersey variations that pack just as much punch, set to hit shelves in early March.
Where to buy: International Playground, 13 Stanton St between Bowery and Chrystie Sts (212-228-2700, Mention TONY to receive 20 percent off all Spratters & Jayne scarves through Jan 26.

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