IN THE LOOP

AC­CES­SORIES DE­SIGNER DEB­BIE MARTIN TURNS THE PAINT­BRUSH OVER TO KIDS FOR A GOOD CAUSE.

Philadelphia Style - - Contents - BY KRISTIN DET­TER­LINE

Ac­ces­sories de­signer Deb­bie Martin turns the paint­brush over to kids for a good cause.

Af­ter some 40 years in the fash­ion in­dus­try work­ing in prod­uct de­vel­op­ment for de­part­ment stores like Bloom­ing­dale’s and Bergdorf Good­man and wom­enswear brands such as Chico’s, Deb­bie Martin de­cided it was time to re­tire. Sort of. “The thought of never work­ing again was un­fath­omable, so I de­cided a scarf col­lec­tion was a great ve­hi­cle for me—it’s an ac­ces­sory for ev­ery age and any sea­son,” she says. This so-called ve­hi­cle took off at light­ning speed: Launched in 2014, her chic, feath­er­weight Deb­bie Martin De­signs scarves are sold in nearly 100 bou­tiques and mu­seum stores across the coun­try, in­clud­ing the Art Mu­seum. Martin, who has col­lab­o­rated with artists and even her hus­band on prints, says that her Bucks County home of 35 years has in­flu­enced count­less de­signs. “I’ve trav­eled all over the globe and I still think New Hope is the most beau­ti­ful place in the world,” she shares. But Martin’s great­est source of in­spi­ra­tion has un­doubt­edly been her 8-year-old niece, Hazel, who suf­fers from a rare ge­netic dis­or­der that has left her con­fined to a wheel­chair. Martin used one of Hazel’s fin­ger paint­ings for a scarf and an en­tire col­lec­tion was born: The Hazel & Friends line now in­cludes de­signs from other sick chil­dren, with 20 per­cent of sales ben­e­fit­ing char­i­ties ded­i­cated to ge­netic re­search and play­ground projects. With re­tire­ment of­fi­cially on the back­burner, Martin says she’s work­ing harder than ever. “This is mine so it never feels like work. There are so many places I can take this col­lec­tion.” deb­biemartin­de­signs.com

THE HAZEL & FRIENDS LINE IN­CLUDES DE­SIGNS FROM SICK CHIL­DREN, WITH 20 PER­CENT OF SALES BEN­E­FIT­ING CHAR­I­TIES.

Deb­bie Martin’s Hazel & Friends line of scarves in­cludes the Black & White Brush­stroke (LEFT) and Square Dot (RIGHT) de­signs.

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