Labels We Love: Oats Cashmere
Think: Warm, soft, and incredibly chic, cashmere is the ultimate winter-wardrobe luxury. Just the word alone might send some people in a cashmere induced state of ecstasy. Cozy cashmere and oversized knits are upping the luxe factor on casual-centric separates.
Just in time for cooler temps, and perfect for layered looks, Oats Cashmere’s timeless pieces are a staple in every girl’s closet. Modeliste caught up with Debra Hayburn, creator of the brand and hears what we learned in this ultra-hip line.
M: Tell us about the brand.
D: Oats Cashmere is ladies and Men’s 100% cashmere, styles that can easily be taken to the beach or to the city and from the office to your evenings dining with friends.
M:What makes Oats Cashmere unique?
D: We are a direct source and do not use any agent or middleman which adds to the price and could possibly compromise the quality. Our factory has won several awards for setting the standard in the cashmere industry, and we buy yarn from the best farmers then spin the yarn ourselves for a consistently high quality product.
M:What inspired your latest Fall/Winter collection?
D: Fall 2015 is a throwback to the 80’s, when I started in this industry, bringing back the high waistline with the cropped tops but in a modern twist. There is lots of stitch interest which adds to the luxury. I also love the open side seams that has a subtle sexiness about it that can be worn with something lacey underneath or nothing at all. I also like to keep an open eye during my travels, for styles, shapes, or colors that inspire.
M: How do you constantly evolve the line?
D: I always ask everyone about their favorite sweater. Everyone has a sweater they absolutely love and have worn to death, then I like to update or use shapes with a modern twist, then I name the sweater after that person.
M: 3 must-haves or favorites of your collection this season.
D: We are loving the maxi length for this season and love to layer our easy dress style Janet under our maxi cardigan style Judy. We also have a new pull on pant, style Joan, that has deep pockets and rolled hem that works well with our best seller, style Estella with the side slits. Both are easy looks with sneakers or high heels. Then in the men’s, we love our vintage style Martin in the honeycomb stitch, worn over with the men’s track pant style Josh for head to toe cashmere.
M: Are there any rules to fashion you live by?
D: Your style is timeless and comes from inside you, so wear it with pride.
M: Best advice you’ve ever received?
D: My dearest and oldest Friend Ricky Sasaki ,whom recently passed, told me “of course creative designs and marketability are important but perseverance is key”!!! He reinvented himself over and over again, and left behind legacies such as the Japanese designers Comme des garcons, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake, Matsuda, and more recently, Theory.
M: Greatest success or achievement with the brand?
D: Consistently deliver a high quality product in the right shapes and trends.
M: Style Icon?
D: I have been a huge fan of Ines De la Fressange my whole life for her ageless beauty, style and grace!!!
M: What’s next for the line? New launches? Events? For Fall ‘16 we will increase our
D: European distribution to include London, therefore adding to our current distributors in Canada, Germany, Austria, Finland and Switzerland, where the European economy is strongest.
Also every year we have a warehouse sale the first Thursday in Dec, so this year it will be Dec. 3rd and 4th so follow us on Facebook or Instagram for updates. You can also call for more information 949.394.2425.
M: Favorite part of the Holiday season. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday spending the day with family and friends gathered for a day of food, laughter, and of course cashmere.
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