When Greg Chait won the 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund contest, I have to admit I was quite surprised. Not because of how cool and understatedly-fabulous his spendy cashmere goodies are, but because they're so understated & so fash-insidery. So kudos to the judges for giving The Elder Statesman the look it deserves - part of winning the contest meant the chance to design for J.Crew. This blanket is the highlight of the just-launched capsule collection and at $1500, more than many people's monthly rent check. However, thanks to the Chait touch, it'll last longer than you (probably). "I was buying and collecting blankets before I started making them," notes Chait, whose appointment-only atelier in West Hollywood is a treasure trove of cashmere, cashmere & more cashmere. "I've always been interested in well-made things."
- Lesley Scott