JEN­NIFER TOROSIAN

FALL 2015

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HAVE YOU EVER WORN A PIECE OF CLOTH­ING THAT PEO­PLE—FAM­ILY AND STRANGERS

alike—ask if they can touch? The Chubby from Jen­nifer Torosian’s Fall 2015 col­lec­tion is one such look. Yves Saint Lau­rent made a splash with his cropped fur jack­ets in the 1970s, but cre­ative di­rec­tor Torosian and CEO Raed Ali chose baby-soft mo­hair from a Ger­man mill they dis­cov­ered while at­tend­ing Pre­mière Vi­sion Paris, the world’s lead­ing textile and fab­ric show. The mo­hair is dyed pale pink by spe­cial re­quest be­fore the one and a half me­tres re­quired for each coat is cut into pat­tern pieces. But, ac­cord­ing to Ali, mo­hair has a ver­ti­cal flow that re­quires spe­cial care. “You can’t even cut it with an elec­tric cut­ter; it has to be done by hand on the op­po­site side, on the back of the fab­ric. That’s why it takes time.” At the duo’s Toronto stu­dio, the coat is as­sem­bled over four hours and lined in Bemberg, a syn­thetic textile that’s of­ten used in men’s suits for its dura­bil­ity. The in­side of the coat is edged with Ja­panese gros­grain rib­bon, while chunky snap but­tons “give it that util­i­tar­ian de­tail,” says Torosian. “It’s a nice con­trast to the soft mo­hair.” Magic to the touch. —Jac­que­lyn Fran­cis

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