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When it's time to break out the cashmere, the truly fabulous go for the best of the bunch. TSE, a New York-based luxury knitwear brand, makes the most of yarn and fiber in its featured designer collections and core pieces. Like First Lady Michelle Obama's style? TSE's Spring/Summer 2011 collection showcases the designs of past Presidential artiste Jason Wu. For Fall/Winter 2011, TSE's creative director Jessica Groom combined with house designer Dushane Noble for a simple, clean collection. For a glimpse into the world of super-soft, cozy knits, look no further than TSE's modern, yet wearable, lines.
New York City-based TSE launched in 1989. According to the company bio, the main goal of the house was to start using luxury yarns for accessible, easy-to-wear fashions. Determined to keep quality high, TSE organized its design and production process from top to bottom, with the designers personally selecting the fibers, dyes, and manufacturing processes. TSE is also a regular at New York City Fashion Week, where it premieres the new ready-to-wear line every season. Unlike other houses that feature a large-scale runway show, TSE usually does a more intimate and focused presentation for its buyers and VIP clients at an off-site location.
The first TSE designer was Christina Peng, who worked for the house from 1989 to 1994. After Ms. Peng, the next designer was Narciso Rodriguez, another designer who has also created clothing for Mrs. Obama. Some other TSE designer names might pop out at fashion lovers; Richard Chai, Hussein Chalayan and Victor Alfaro have also graced the company with their design pens. As of March 2011, the company has three designers: Dushane Noble, Julian Louie and Jessica Groom, with Jason Wu as a contributor.
TSE is a ready-to-wear line sold at luxury designer boutiques and department stores. Be prepared to spend several hundred dollars on a TSE sweater; prices above $500 are common. When searching through the TSE racks in the wintertime, expect to discover ponchos, capes, turtlenecks, pants and long skirts. Spring shoppers might find wispy shells, featherweight cardigans and luxuriously soft tees. If your taste runs toward the avant-garde end of things, TSE won't fit the bill. The line is modern and a bit Asian in style, but it's not hugely abstract or wild.
If your TSE craving is still popping, slake it with TSE's home and accessory offerings. Now, you can buy a pillow or blanket that has the same snuggly warmth as your fave sweater. For the younger crowd, TSE has a diffusion line called TSESay that features a bit more color and youthful chic than the core TSE capsule. In the spirit of inclusion, the line also has a collection for men and babies manufactured under the same designers as the flagship women's line.