Friday, June 19, 2015

Childhood Inspires Designer Gabriela Hearst’s New Line

FLIPPING THROUGH a book of faded family photos, designer Gabriela Hearst points out an image of her late father, a Uruguayan gaucho, chasing down a cow on horseback. Mustachioed and exuberant, he’s wearing riding pants, a button-down shirt, leather boots and a sombrero—“his uniform,” says Hearst, with a laugh. In another shot, he helps young Gabi balance in the saddle; both wear colorful berets.

 “There was a certain attitude,” recalls Hearst, who grew up herding cattle on family-owned ranches in remote northern Uruguay. “It’s a traditional way of dressing that still feels current. It’s about having fewer things, but that are well-made, with an emphasis on craftsmanship.”

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