Dusen Wylie’s Vintage-Blanket-Inspired Wool Coats


Buzzy Brooklyn designer Ellen Van Dusen is best known for her gauzy silk dresses and loose-fitting tanks in splashy colors and bold prints. This month, she expanded into a capsule collection of wool and cashmere coats, designed with Daily Candy editor Erin Wylie. It’s the first collaboration for Van Dusen, who says she's been itching to delve into outerwear. The vibrant coats, capes, and pullovers are inspired by vintage blankets; though the pair originally sought to make all the pieces out of actual throws, they soon scrapped the idea in favor of a more general aesthetic. “We had the Woolrich and Pendleton vibe in mind,” says Van Dusen. “We wanted to go oversize and not too girly to give the feel of wrapping oneself in a heavy blanket.” The pair spent days sorting through fabrics — all the materials are sourced from the garment district, and the coats are manufactured in Brooklyn. Due to limited quanities of fabric, the small-scale collection is made-to-order, featuring four distinct designs: a black-and-white barn coat, a Pendleton-inspired pullover, a striped blazer coat, and a toggle-fastened cape. The styles are available at Duo and Life:Curated. Click ahead for a closer look at the line.