// SOUTH-ASIAN SEN­SA­TION

FROM THE VI­BRANT COLORS AND UNIQUE TEX­TURES OF DE­SIGNER ANADIL JOHNSON’S NA­TIVE BANGLADESH COMES THE MUSTHAVE JACKET OF THE SEA­SON.

Michigan Avenue - - CONTENTS - BY GWENDOLYN PURDOM

From the vi­brant colors and unique tex­tures of de­signer Anadil Johnson’s na­tive Bangladesh comes the musthave jacket for au­tumn.

If there was one com­mon thread to her var­ied, globe-trot­ting child­hood, says lo­cal de­signer Anadil Johnson, it was fash­ion. Even af­ter start­ing a fi­nance ca­reer in Chicago years later, Johnson’s mem­o­ries of cloth­ing cul­tures from around the world con­tin­ued to loom large in her mind.

“There was a lack of glob­ally in­spired cloth­ing that’s made sus­tain­ably [but] also main­tains the edge and cool-fac­tor of other lux­ury brands,” says Johnson. But now, with her just-launched line, Ne­val, as well as its de­but Monarch Col­lec­tion, she is aim­ing to change all that with a col­or­ful ar­ray of so­phis­ti­cated bomber jack­ets and scarves rooted in her na­tive Bangladesh—but man­u­fac­tured on Chicago’s North Side.

Both the col­lec­tion’s cropped Boho bomber ($695), with its blousy bishop sleeves, and more clas­si­cally cut Ur­ban bomber ($795), fea­ture the re­gion’s el­e­gant jam­dani muslin fabric, hand­made by women in ru­ral Sonar­gaon. “For us, it’s about be­ing so­cially con­scious about how we’re treat­ing peo­ple and the planet,” says Johnson, “not only in the prod­uct but in the man­u­fac­tur­ing process.” That process means min­i­mal waste, with any left­over fabric re­pur­posed for the col­lec­tion’s sleek scarves ($195). Bonus: Both bombers are also re­versible.

For fu­ture col­lec­tions, Johnson is look­ing to Latin Amer­i­can ar­ti­sans to broaden Ne­val’s reach; mean­while, her Bangladesh team is pre­par­ing a sheer, ki­mono-style lay­er­ing robe for fall—yet an­other piece of the de­signer’s his­tory, com­ing home to Chicago. neval­style.com

Bombs away! New Chicago-based fash­ion line Ne­val is gen­er­at­ing se­ri­ous buzz for fall with its sus­tain­able-chic, glob­ally in­flu­enced take on the clas­sic bomber jacket.

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