BACK EAST

Influenced by the beauty, nature, and traditions of her home country India, New York-based designer Kopal joined the ‘slow fashion’ movement with her eponymous lifestyle brand in 2013.

Starting with a minimal range of tunics and scarves in shades of indigo, white, and pink, Kopal’s selection has grown considerably over past three years, but her mission remains the same – to create luxury wares that mesh old world craftsmanship with modern day style. Garments are sustainably-produced in India using locally-grown cotton and naturally occurring dyes. And for the second year in a row, Kopal has teamed up with SEWA, a non-profit group that acts as a matchmaker between India’s women artisans and gratifying, fair wage work.

A TOUCH OF COTTON

Kopal’s spring-summer 2016 collection is the designer’s best to date. Rendered in hand-spun khadi cotton, it features prints and fabrics inspired by antique Japanese ceramics, kimonos, and textiles. Details are delicate and lovingly executed, from the embroidery on a smock dress to the tiny tassels that hang at the end of a drawstring. The Gudi Romper (pictured) is a favorite – just throw on a pair of sandals and go. Silhouettes are easy to wear and gossamer-light (you’ll stay cool on even the hottest of summer days) and pieces transition effortlessly from an afternoon at the beach to margaritas at sunset. And with the weather around here already showing signs of spring (and summer!), Kopal feels so right, right now.

SHOP: KopalNY.com