Stacy Charles

Creative Knitting - - FAN THE FLAMES -

Stacy Charles is a house­hold name among knit­ters, though some might be sur­prised to find that a) Stacy Charles is a real per­son, and b) that Stacy Charles is not a woman (both of which he still finds funny to this day).

Stacy joined his aunt and un­cle’s busi­ness in 1978, help­ing with the im­port of qual­ity yarns and sell­ing high-end but­tons. In the mid-1980s, Stacy de­vel­oped and sold yarns to the world’s lead­ing fash­ion de­sign­ers and re­tail­ers in­clud­ing Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lau­ren, Ba­nana Repub­lic and Nord­strom. He’s well known for ne­go­ti­at­ing the exclusive U.S. dis­tri­bu­tion for two lead­ing Ital­ian yarn spin­ners—Fi­latura Di Crosa and Filpucci, with which he main­tains re­la­tion­ships to this day.

Stacy has loved be­ing in­volved in the changes and shift­ing trends in the yarn and fash­ion in­dus­tries. It re­mains crit­i­cal to him to do the best he can in ev­ery­thing he does, re­fus­ing to com­pro­mise on his ideas, stan­dards or qual­ity. It’s some­thing he learned from his Aunt Irma, a bon vi­vant who was adamant about stan­dards of ex­cel­lence. Stacy knows that noth­ing comes easy, and that in or­der to suc­ceed, you have to be ded­i­cated and pas­sion­ate. “I always start with the prod­uct. My abil­ity to un­der­stand yarn comes first.” In­deed, as a per­son who thinks of the prod­uct, he’s de­vel­oped the unique ca­pac­ity to craft yarn lines that in­spire all sorts of knit­ters, whether they are the re­laxed, ca­sual knit­ter or the so­phis­ti­cated, fash­ion-for­ward knit­ter.

His en­ergy is bound­less, his en­thu­si­asm for hand-knit­ting is as strong as ever, and each year, he seeks to rein­vent him­self (twice a year, ac­tu­ally) in fresh, dif­fer­ent ways with each sea­son’s new col­lec­tion.

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