Savannah Hayes might have grown up in cushy Palo Alto, but she always dreamt of a place with a little more grit (among her favorite cities: London, Boston, and—hey!—Pittsburgh, which she now calls home). But she’s got to give some love to California, where she launched her career as a home-goods designer. “I was studying art history and had just figured out what interior designers actually did. I emailed like 20 firms one summer about internships, and the only one to email me back was Kelly-freaking-Wearstler,” recalls Savannah. “She was launching her product line out of her pool house in L.A., and that’s where I was assigned. At first I was bummed because I wanted to be working on interior styling. But she was doing these super-bold prints on textiles and paper and dinnerware collections—it opened my eyes to how pattern could be used on all these different surfaces.”
After a few years tramping across India and Istanbul to source textiles for a big brand, Savannah launched an all-American line of her own that ranges from graphic throws in weighty knits (guaranteed to be your new nap VIP) to laser-etched marble cheese boards. “I had always planned to do my own collection but felt really strongly it had to be made in the U.S. I wasn’t sure how that would go, but the first producer I found was this incredible, family-owned knitting company outside Manhattan—they were so excited about the throws and turned around the first pattern in like a week,” says the designer. “Every time I walked past the sample I would just stare at it—I couldn’t believe I had designed something of my own that was real. The puzzle pieces just fell into place from there.” Judging from her first collection, the full picture looks pretty damn fine.
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