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When it comes to international influences, Dana Arbib’s got the goods—she’s the proud owner of three passports (Israeli, Italian, and Canadian) and an American green card. The Italian one proved especially useful—it was her visits to the old-school Roman tailor who made suits for her father and her grandfather that eventually set her down a path to Parsons. But, as the name of her line A Peace Treaty suggests, her early experiences with international relations plays a huge role in her line of intricate, metal-and-stone collar necklaces and drapey, textured caftans. As Dana explains, “I know exactly where to find the world’s most talented textile and jewelry masters—from the Andes mountains to the South Asian desert.”
This lofty, ahem, treatise, originally began humbly as a side hustle with a friend, but by 2010, the duo was itching to use their newly honed global-sourcing prowess to create an accessory collection. Fast-forward to 2014, when the line, which Dana now runs solo, was picked (by Anna Wintour, no less!) for the supa-dupa big deal CFDA Fashion Incubator. Though the experience helped her take the collection to the next level, Dana’s never lost her fundamental commitment to supporting the makers she finds, whose traditions she spotlights—or, as she puts it, "I’m dedicated to discovering and preserving centuries-old techniques—I want to champion slow fashion.” —olivia martin
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