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Mona Kowalska is one of the greatest slow fashion adherents on the design scene today. With a tiny team and small, thoughtful runs, the Polish-born designer grew up in Baltimore before attending college in Chicago, followed by a stint studying fashion design in Italy and working in Paris. A Détacher was eventually born in 1998, with its headquarters in New York City. Since then, Kowalska sends her petit collections to a select number of stockists worldwide.
Kowalska’s lines range from architectural to flowing feminine, all infused with signature prints and a general ease. Spring 2017 saw unexpected layering of sheer skirts and open knits over structural trousers and under workwear-inspired dresses. (By the way, the dress-over-pants look is one of our favorites for spring).
Accessories are similarly minimalist, enhanced by texture rather than ornamentation. See, for example, the white leather “Lou” clutch with its modern brass clasp.
Overall the line is luxury without pretense—fitting in that A Détacher translates literally as “to detach.” This doesn’t suggest a lack of care for the clothes, but rather a cool-girl nonchalance selling both style and attitude.