Teresa Crowninshield & Gary Temple

Easthampton, MA

We create a collection of elegant silk and cashmere coats and jackets for women. The Crowninshield design aesthetic is classic with a twist. We believe that a return to the traditional master-apprentice system is the key to renewing American arts. As such we have studied 15 years under 84-year old Master Pattern Maker Shirley Willett, studying design and engineering techniques nearly lost in the computer age. Through her guidance, we have learned to personally design, drape, and draft each pattern, sculpting every curve by hand with old-world techniques. We believe that an elegant well-fitting jacket can transform and make an outfit. We believe that skillful draping and sensitive pattern work is the key to unlocking the unique beauty of each woman's figure. This, combined with our use of sumptuous silks and cashmere, creates a winning combination of art and style.
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