Whenever I think of design perfection I think of my old friend and colleague Marcia Bayard with whom I worked for many years, first at Macy’s and later on at the Turkish based NAP, NY where we launched the Crabtree & Evelyn Sleepwear line together. Our symbiotic relationship consisted as me, the merchandiser challenging design viability and cost and Marcia, the designer whose vision often outreached the current trends. We spent many hours together working through collections; me challenging her need to create museum quality pieces and she pushing back in defense of the details. We were on the same wave length, often perceived as eccentric but generally well received for originality. Left to our own devices, we found ideas in uncommon places and curated a brand known for its quality, function and feminine appeal.
Yesterday, culling through my mail, I happened upon Marcia’s newest project,her brand, 8knots. Embracing a coastal lifestyle, this is a very succinct collection of unique products including beautiful bath accessories anchored in the Turkish towel tradition. The execution of each item from fabric and color to the stunning packaging embodies Marcia’s appreciation for artistry anywhere she ventures. From my perspective, they are not only perfect for holiday gifting, they also are an easy add on sale in any store that sells swimwear or homewear. I can only imagine how these styles would complement any space they occupy.
“What’s Better, A Poetic Intuition or An Intellectual Work?
I Think They Complement Each Other” ~Mauuel Puig