Combining forces with another on-the-rise line Species by the Thousands, the pair snagged themselves a storefront.READ MORE
In 2007 while studying fashion at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Phoebe Sung and Peter Buer, the couple behind the handmade accessories line Cold Picnic, met. Phoebe made the first move. “I asked him about homework,” she admits. “He was so friendly that I thought, ‘Oh, if he is English, then he likes me, but if he is Australian, then he’s just friendly.’ It turned out he was English.”
Two months after they started dating, Phoebe took a summer internship with Marc Jacobs in New York, and their relationship flourished amidst Garment District errands, Popeyes dinners, and lots of Starbucks. Back in Boston, they moved in together, graduated, and started working at fashion companies for middle-aged women—the kinds that specialize in elastic waistbands. “There isn’t much work in Boston,” Peter admits. “We always wanted to move away, but in the beginning we didn’t have
any real plans.”
New York kept calling, and in April 2011, they went for it. But it was their final summer in Boston that shaped what their future there would be. “We spent weekends traveling around to book fairs in small Massachusetts towns,” Peter recalls. “We collected books on seventies arts and crafts, barns, Woodstock houses, sharks, and Native American crafts.” All that inspiration led to sketching, which quickly gave way to creating: First there were the printed suede earrings that marked the formation of Cold Picnic, and then the duo started dabbling in a whole boatload of techniques like macramé, clay work, metal-casting, and etching to push things further. As Phoebe puts it, “We’ll make something continuously, get bored, and jump onto something new. We can’t sit still for long.” —maggie dolan
BEHIND THE SCENES
Got It Made Watch Cold Picnic Create an Amazing Wall Hanging
The duo brings it on home.
Key to the City The Cold Picnic Designers Eat Their Way Through Flushing, Queens
It’s an outing fit for an elastic waistband.