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MEET THE DESIGNER: HAN STARNES

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If you find a tiny piece of hay in a Josi Faye scarf or hat, don’t be surprised: Han Starnes, the hyper-thoughtful Nashville-based designer behind the line, purposely leaves them as little reminders—“so that you remember where it came from: a sheep living in a field!” Han is all about letting her work tell its own story, which is why her inaugural collection of coziness is made entirely from un-dyed wool, keeping things as one-with-nature as possible. READ MORE


If you find a tiny piece of hay in a Josi Faye scarf or hat, don’t be surprised: Han Starnes, the hyper-thoughtful Nashville-based designer behind the line, purposely leaves them as little reminders—“so that you remember where it came from: a sheep living in a field!” Han is all about letting her work tell its own story, which is why her inaugural collection of coziness is made entirely from un-dyed wool, keeping things as one-with-nature as possible.
And get this: Han’s creative process doesn’t start with conceptualizing a beanie shape or hunting down a cool yarn. Though she’s been knitting hats for her friends as Christmas gifts since high school, when she set out to do this for real, disenchanted with mass-produced knits, she wanted to create pieces handmade from start to finish. So she begins by designing and hand-spinning her own yarn—something she learned how to do from the masters in New Zealand’s Wellington Handweaver and Spinners Guild, when she moved there in 2011 for a year and a half. Her creations have a totally contemporary vibe, but that tradition is key: Her aim is to great timeless pieces—ones “you might have inherited from your long-lost New Zealand grandmother.” —serena qiu

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Ochre Jersey Tank Dress
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Ochre Jersey Tank Dress BY Han Starnes
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