Going to the beach reminds me that beauty isn’t always polished and neat.. sometimes it’s distressed, old and weatherbeaten. The beach wood that has been lying in the sun has a different kind of attractiveness than the polished metal, glass and steel of New York City. The value in beach wood is the weathering that has happened over a long period of time…
The Kate Stoltz NYC distressed shirt hasn’t been lying out in the sun like beach wood, but I created it to match the beach mood. I used a light and cool pastel fabric that can be worn on a hot day, or layered on a cooler beach night. First I stitched the ends of the fabric with a tiny stitch to secure the fibers that I wanted to keep. I then removed the loose end fibers to create a frayed look. The ends of the two-tiered shirt, and the front detail on the shirt are finished with the resulting bespoke fringe. However, not all the ends are ‘coming undone’. As I do with all Kate Stoltz garments, I carefully finished the inside seams, this time using a 1/4 inch French seam.
Shirt: Kate Stoltz NYC
Sandals: Vince Camuto
Location: Southampton, New York