Selected by Joseph Altuzarra:
Sophisticated Accessories, Design Inspiration, and More
To get a collection underway, Joseph Altuzarra needs only a spark of inspiration—or one great jacket. “My friend Vanessa [Traina, executive creative director of The Line] came to visit me one day in a classic British field jacket, and it became the starting point for our entire pre-fall collection,” says the Paris-born, New York-based designer. “I loved the idea of recreating a field jacket in a feminized silhouette: softening the shoulder, nipping in the waist, and adding volume at the hip. It’s a must-have for fall.” The English countryside influence is also apparent in his cozy shearling scarf, an expanse of white fur designed to be draped over the shoulders and cinched at the waist with the included leather belt.
After selecting a few favorites from the pre-fall and fall 2015 Altuzarra collections, he zeroes in on home furnishings at The Apartment by The Line, including one of Hans Wegner’s most radical and significant works (“All that I look for in a statement chair: a sculptural shape, unexpected handcrafted details, and a sensual interplay of hard and soft,” he says of the Flag Halyard), vintage Moroccan rugs (“You don’t need much more to warm up a room and make it feel like home”), and Belgian linen tea towels reminiscent of those favored by his French grandmother (“There is something so simple yet so sophisticated about a good old-fashioned piece of cloth”). On the bookshelf, he gravitates to another design inspiration, this one rooted in Vienna. “I have always been a fan of Carl Auböck’s whimsical and sensual objets,” says Altuzarra, “and this book is the perfect introduction to his work and process.”