This Knitwear Designer’s Cozy Work Wardrobe Was Made for Winter
Catherine Carnevale went for a hike and ended up having an epiphany. “I was three-months pregnant and visiting the sacred valley in Peru with my husband,” she explains. “While being in the powerful mountainscape of the Andes, I was struck by a strong feeling that it was time to make a life change.” Upon Carnevale’s return home to Brooklyn, New York (she’s originally from the U.K.), she decided to leave her corporate fashion design job and start her own knitwear brand called Eleven Six. The name is a combination of her birth date and that of her son Oliver’s. “I was inspired by the skills of the artisan women in both Peru and Bolivia,” Carnevale says of the launch. “I decided to create a knitwear line that could be sustainably produced there using baby alpaca.” She adds, “I wanted to empower and support these artisan women with work.”
The designer travels to Peru once each year, visiting the cooperatives responsible for crafting Eleven Six’s ribbed navy jumpsuits, fringed off-the-shoulder dresses, and beautifully simple turtlenecks, capes, and cardigans. Carnevale’s pieces are the perfect blend of stylish and cozy, a combination she’s personally become quite fond of since relocating from Brooklyn to upstate New York. “After having our second baby earlier in the year, we were ready for some nature and space,” she says. “I currently have a home studio, but I commute into the city once a week for meetings and appointments.” As such, Carnevale’s wardrobe has shifted a bit. When she’s working upstate, she favors head-to-toe knits and sneakers. In the city, she likes to layer her sweaters with leather jackets, belts, statement jewelry, or a block heel.
“Whether dressing up or dressing more casually, I tend to be on the more polished side—this is something I believe was instilled in me by my late mother,” says Carnevale. “I think this sensibility translates to Eleven Six as a brand. It’s refined yet relaxed, and strives to offer an effortless but elevated approach to knit dressing.” Whatever she’s wearing up in the woods or back in the concrete jungle, Carnevale’s main concern is spreading the message about sustainable fashion and designing functional, beautiful clothes for boss ladies just like her. “I design for a modern woman in need of a versatile wardrobe for her many life roles,” she says.
Here, a deeper look into the sharp, comfortable, and well-rounded 9-to-5 style of Catherine Carnevale.
A monochrome palette can elevate any casual workday outfit.
“I wear a lot of neutrals and often dress tonally head-to-toe. I love the ease of a pull-on ribbed knit skirt, and if you ever see me in flats, I’m usually in a clean pair of white sneakers, my favorite of which are from the French brand Zespa.”
Keep your look professional, even when working from home.
“Upstate, I always dress to be on the go. It’s important for me to feel put together and professional even if I’m working from my home studio. I have a lot of transitional pieces that can carry me through the day and into the evening, like tank and skirt sets or jumpsuits. I like to mix and match, and for accessories, I’ve always gravitated toward modern, statement jewelry, which I believe started when my mother gave me her mother’s chunky, metal cuff in my early teens.”
Find a bag and pair of jeans that can go with you anytime, anywhere.
“The bag I carry every day and take everywhere with me is my
black leather Bullet bag. It’s compact, but amazing in how much it can store! I also have been wearing jeans a lot more during the workday since my lifestyle changed upstate. I like to wear them with a chunky sweater, Sophie Buhai hoops (I’ll go bolder with earrings for a big meeting or event), and my favorite ankle boots byDries Van Noten. These shoes have seen me through several years, and I continue to love them.”
February 2018 | ALLURE Magazine - 'seeing green'
11 Knit Skirts to Try This Season
February 1, 2018 | WHOWHATWEAR.co.uk
On a recent trip to England, I bought some rather beautiful knee-high suede boots from L.K.Bennett. Upon returning back to L.A., I was eager to show off my new boots in as many outfits as humanly possible. This lead me to wear a whole collection of skirts for pretty much the entire month of January. It was then when I realized my favorite skirt style to wear with my boots: knit skirts.Not only are knit skirts super warm (they keep your legs toasty in the deep throes of winter) but they exude an elegant yet relaxed vibe that makes them versatile enough to wear to work, brunch, or to a fancy dinner. A knit skirt also happens to be the ideal transitional piece that gets you through any confusing climates (hot subways/cold offices).
So if you’re looking for a chic way to show off those tall boots or simply want an alternative to jeans, then get your hands on one of the must-have knit skirts below.
21 Sweaterdresses That'll Take Your Winter Layering Game to the Next Level
January 9, 2018 | GLAMOUR.com | By HALIE LESAVAGE
When it's pushing negative degrees outside, there's pretty much only one thing you want to wear: knits on knits. In those situations when your inside clothes just won't cut it for the variety of obligations you have during the wintertime, let sweaterdresses be your cold-weather dressing solution. Firstly, they're fashion equivalent of snuggling up in a huge blanket: A long-sleeve, knee-length knit dress is unquestionably soft and cozy, yet totally legitimate to wear outside of the house. Then, like the parade of endlesswinter coats you've spotted this season, there's an option for everyone, way beyond the standard LBD. Plus, they're incredibly easy to layer, which is priority number one these days. Throw on one of the following 21 sweaterdresses the next time that it's too damn cold outside; repeat every day until spring.
Red on red: il look da copiare di Victoria Justice!
December 2017 | GRAZIA.it - ITALY
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Popmarte: el espacio de compras (cool) en San Antonio
November 30, 2017 | Vogue.mx - Mexico
Llega la temporada de regalar, y con esta, el Popmarte en la ciudad de San Antonio, Texas, un espacio con firmas de autor que estará en tu lista de deseos y radar de compras este mes de diciembre.
San Antonio, en Texas, destaca más allá de El Álamo o suRiver Walk, como uno de los epicentros de las compras en el sur de los Estados Unidos. Esta ciudad texana, próxima a cumplir sus 300 años de fundación en el año 2018, atrae anualmente un aproximado de 2.5 millones de turistas, que se muestran impacientes por sus centros comerciales e inigualable oferta en diversos rubros comerciales.El 70% de esta cifra corresponde a mexicanos, el sector más importante de consumidores de esta capital. A pesar del compromiso que muestran sus visitantes por las marcas que ahí se ofrecen, existen ofertas interesantes que cambian el panorama de compras en San Antonio. Popmarte es una de ellas. Este concepto de un mercado que cambia semanalmente de productos y marcas, se presenta en el espacio llamado la Pearl (312, Pearl Parkway) en donde, por primera vez, se conjugan diversas marcas que exploran la creatividad, la autenticidad y el descubrimiento en nuevas formas de diseño.
Nina McCandless, una de las mentes artífices del proyecto junto a Ashley Clauss, responde a Vogue, “conforme el panorama del modelo de almacenes sigue cambiando, Popmarte es nuestra respuesta a ese cambio. Las tiendas pop-up no son una novedad; sin embargo, nuestro punto de diferenciación es que cada semana encuentren algo nuevo”, responde Nina, quien cuenta con una gran experiencia en el mundo de la moda y el lujo a través de su paso por las filas de Vogue US.
Después de una exhaustiva selección de marcas que compartieran sus valores y que se identificaran con la estética del espacio, este mes de diciembre (hasta el 23) se da el corte de listón del ambicioso proyecto en la ciudad de San Antonio. Ahí, la presencia latina estará representada por Isa Tapia, la originaria de Puerto Rico, que con su calzado premium atrajo la atención de Bergdorf Goodman, Harvey Nichols o Saks Fifth Avenue. También las firmas jóvenes Eleven Six, Here / Now, Bembien,M.Patmos, entre otras, verán un espacio de acercamiento enPopmarte, porque como lo asegura Nina, “ahora que el mercado de moda está tan sobresaturado, es momento de crear un espacio en el que las marcas conecten con las personas y representen sus firmas en espacios que no son necesariamente los habituales debido a una falta de recursos o mano de obra”… Con pasaporte y visa en mano, un nuevo destino de compras nos espera.
Shop These Holiday Pop-Ups For Gifts You Won’t Find Anywhere Else
December 5, 2016 | Samantha McDonald | Homepage photo: Courtesy of Mansur Gavriel
The holidays are officially here, which means gift shopping has taken over most of our department store trips and e-tailer visits. But instead of hitting up the usual suspects, this year’s selection of pop-up shops happen to be both charming and unique—just the thing you need for those hard-to-gift people on your list. Here, a list of designers and brands from the West to the East Coast that are making life a little bit easier for you this season.
The Shop at 97 Crosby
Featuring brands like Eleven Six, Daryl K and exclusive pieces from KES, The Shop at 97 Crosby will satisfy all your winter needs with pom hats and wool coats galore.
Where: 97 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012
When: December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017; Monday to Saturday 11AM - 7PM, Sunday 12PM - 6PM
ELEVEN SIX featured along side brands from "The Cult Closet" list
November 5-6, 2016 | WSJ
No. 97 Shop stocks the most lust-worthy sweaters for fall
October 14, 2016 10:30 am | Caroline Grosso
“We missed how Soho used to be a place of discovery, where you could find independent brands,” Tess Giberson explains from her month-old shop, No. 97. A block away from Giberson’s store, hundreds of tourists trotted down Broadway converging upon big-box stores like Zara and TopShop, clearly unaware of the independent treasures - Rachel Comey, Saturdays Surf, Opening Ceremony, and now No. 97- only a block away.
If the Crosby Street space looks a bit familiar, it is because up until a few months ago, the shop was named Tess Giberson and it sold the designer’s eponymous collection. “Our company was under immense financial strains, and we had to put our runway collection on hold,” Giberson says. “It was a challenging time for everyone.” Her's is a story that is all too familiar in this difficult climate for luxury and retail. “We had to figure out how to fill the space in a span of two months.”
But often the best ideas are born out of challenges. Giberson started talking to her old friend Marcia Patmos, of M. Patmos, about launching a store to sell friend’s wares, and the pieces of other like-minded independent creators. “Then one thing led to another,” Giberson says. “Each designer involved brought in another designer, and before we knew it - we had a collective.” Another friend, Victoria Bartlett (who recently shuttered her own Soho shop), pointed out “how empowering an all-women collective and community would be.”
In addition to offering throws and oversized sweaters by M. Patmos and Giberson herself, the store stocks pottery by Kiterepublic, and books by Blonde Art Books - basically anything one would need for a chilly fall day relaxing indoors. Or, considering there are such lush shearlings on the racks, a day out and about, too. “I enjoy how the store offers a feeling of discovery with smaller new brands like myself,” says Catherine Carnevale, the designer behind Eleven Six, a new label of chunky Peru-made knits. “It feels like a unique and special curation that I personally would love to stumble upon on my favorite street in Soho.”
A NEW CROP
October 14. 2016 | IRENE OJO-FELIX
On Sun Jung: Sweater – Eleven Six, Jeans – CLOSED | On Linde: Sweater – Eleven Six, Jeans & Underwear – Calvin Klein | On Amelia: Sweater – Objects Without Meaning, Shirt – Dobb’s Collectors, Jeans – Vintage Levi’s | On Mia: Sweater – Eleven Six, Jeans – J Brand | On Dominique: Sweater – Eleven Six, Jeans – Model’s Own, Jacket (worn around waist) – AllSaints
The warm summer days are a sure thing of the past and with the new season blows in a fresh batch of fashion darlings that are ready for their big moment. Caught during the calm before the storm of fashion week, these relative newcomers shot by photographer Robert Nethery show off the latest Fall staples with their unique downtown NY edge. Set on location, Marina Muñoz picks streetwear looks that are perfect complements for these natural beauties to frolic in. Who will leave their mark on our hearts? Only time will tell.
On those autumnal slate grey sky days, the only thing that we long for when the wind is whipping us in the face and the rain is lashing down is something cosy, warm, and soft to the touch to hide in. The ultimate knit that you can layer or wear as a statement piece to take you stylishly from the office to snuggling in front of an open fire. Thank you ELEVEN SIX!
Founded by British born couple Catherine and Nick, and inspired by a life changing trip to the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru (incredibly whilst Catherine was three months pregnant with their son Oliver) ELEVEN SIX was born.
“After the last fifteen working in larger corporations where sustainability is often far from your control being sustainable was a distinctive choice and brand goal I made when starting the ELEVEN SIX venture. I wanted to have control over whom the work was going to and know the work I was providing was beneficial.”
Designed with the busy modern women in mind, versatility and longevity are key to each collection; pieces are cleverly designed to be worn cross seasonally.
“ELEVEN SIX represents an appreciation for the beautiful things in life”
Created in limited quantities to Catherine’s design and technical specifications, and crafted in small family run factories and artisan cooperatives in Peru and Bolivia, it is the combination of contemporary design with traditional Andean knitting techniques that makes each ELEVEN SIX piece a unique treasure. The women’s cooperatives that Catherine uses not only have a rich cultural heritage and knowledge of their craft, but also are empowered and driven to be working in an entrepreneurial environment that supports their traditional textiles techniques of crochet, macrame, hand knitting and hand weaving. The appreciation for the time and effort that goes into each ELEVEN SIX knit is clear when you see each individual tag that bears the artist’s signature, edition number and place of birth. That’s true traceability!
What about the fabric? It isn’t just the people that inspired the craftsmanship and production, but also the native Peruvian Alpaca. Shorn once a year, the Alpaca’s fleece withstands the cold as well as the warmth, making it the perfect natural, eco friendly sustainable yarn that when knitted, keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer.
CATHERINE CARNEVALE of ELEVEN SIX
OCTOBER 14, 2016 | HANNAH DANZIGER
Catherine Carnevale, a British fashion designer and entrepreneur, launched ELEVEN SIX with her husband Nick after years of working at top corporations as a knitwear designer. ELEVEN SIX was born out of Catherine’s desire to create a lifestyle change. The couple now split their time between Brooklyn and upstate New York.
Born in Lincolnshire, Catherine learned the art of knitting from her mother and grandmother. She perfected her knitting and design skills at the University of Brighton, England, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Honors in fashion textiles. Though she held various designer positions in New York, Catherine decided to leave the corporate world to pursue her passion and start a company with her husband. Inspired by a trip to the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru, ELEVEN SIX is the manifestation of Catherine and Nick’s love for handcrafted and beautiful products. They work with artisan women from Peru and Bolivia to create a truly unique knitwear brand.
Edit hosts the sustainable luxury lounge with a panel of guest speakers including accessories’ LAUREN PARKER
September 20, 2016 | Accessories Staff
EDIT, the highly curated fashion and accessory trade show, hosted its show-long Sustainable Luxury Lounge, a gallery with daily conversations about the sustainable space.
The lounge featured eco-friendly designers FROM THE ROAD (luxurious hand-woven, artisan-made scarves and accessories from around the world), Mikuti (hand-made jewelry using recycled brass jewelry and local beads from artisans in Kenya), Mimi Prober(apparel that repurposes centuries-old lace and sequins) and Osklen (who creates upscale footwear and handbags from fish leather–a natural food byproduct), shown below from top to bottom.
EDIT teamed up with FROM THE ROAD Founder/Creative Director Susan Easton, who pulled together daily panels to discuss artisanal production, heritage techniques, eco materials, and how to tell brand stories to customers in compelling ways.
Yesterday, on Day 2 of the show, Accessories Editor-in-Chief Lauren Parker sat on a panel alongside Catherine Carnevale, co-founder of ELEVEN SIX (upscale knitwear from Peruvian artisans), and Mara Schiavetti, founder and Editor-in-Chief of A Green Beauty (a print magazine and website devoted to sustainable fashion and accessories).
The women discussed sustainable luxury trends that are influencing this season’s must-haves, moderated by Easton.
ELEVEN SIX: Luxury knits handcrafted in Bolivia and Peru
September 12, 2016 | Staff
Catherine Carnevale, founder of ELEVEN SIX, a luxury knitwear line, grew up in a house of knitters. Her mother was one. Her grandmother was one. As a child, Catharine found herself knitting and sewing anything she could get her hands on. This love of the craft led her to an Art & Design Foundation course at Central Saint Martins and then a specialist Knitwear BA honors degree at the University of Brighton.
The degree required a year in industry, so Catherine sought an internship in New York and then went on to build an extensive career, holding senior design posts in knitwear at both Club Monaco and Calvin Klein. Then, she visited Peru. A turning point in her path that led to the creation of ELEVEN SIX, designed in NYC and made in Peru and Bolivia. Catherine recalls,
"A few years ago I took a trip to Peru, Sacred Valley with my husband hiking in the Andes- which I found to be an incredibly powerful and spiritual place. I was three months pregnant at the time and gazing out onto an incredible mountain scape I had a moment of realization that I was ready for a change of lifestyle and ready to leave the corporate world to try something for myself. Being inspired by the artisan work from South America and the beautiful native andean fibre Alpaca I wanted to create a luxury Knitwear line that utilized these beautiful things."
First, she found a Bolivian cooperative to work with and then later, some small family factories in Peru that work with Peruvian artisan groups. A vast difference from her experience working in Asia, Catherine loved sourcing smaller, more local production and where she could directly empower and give work to talented artisan women. Each ELEVEN SIX hand knit item has a hang tag signed by the artisan maker and an edition number.
97 Opened on Crosby Street Today—Just in Time for Some NYFW Shopping
SEPTEMBER 1, 2016 7:53 PM | EMILY FARRA
''At a time when synthetic fabrics and high-tech manufacturing are replacing traditional crafts, it’s refreshing to walk into a store where everything you see has a human touch.''
To the uninitiated, Soho is the promised land of shopping. To New Yorkers, it’s more of an obstacle course: Steer clear of Broadway and be sure to go early to avoid the crowds, especially on the weekends. There are pockets of calm, though, where you can stroll at a normal pace without dodging a food cart, and Crosby Street is one of them. It’s among many reasons we were excited to hear that Daryl Kerrigan (of Daryl K), Marcia Patmos (of M.Patmos), Melissa Joy Manning, Tess Giberson, Erica Tanov, Catherine Carnevale (of Eleven Six), and Jaclyn Hodes (of Awaveawake) just opened a new store called 97. It’s located, as you may have guessed, at 97 Crosby Street, right next door to Rachel Comey.
“We were reminiscing about our early days in New York when there were these interesting places to discover and meet independent designers,” Patmos tells Vogue.com. “There was a real sense of community. The idea percolated and kind of organically made its way into a really amazing group of like-minded women making beautiful things in one store.” All seven women share an appreciation for the handmade—clothing, jewelry, and home furnishings. Patmos, for instance, specializes in hand-knit sweaters, while Manning’s hand-crafted jewelry features raw materials like amethyst, agate, and turquoise. At a time when synthetic fabrics and high-tech manufacturing are replacing traditional crafts, it’s refreshing to walk into a store where everything you see has a human touch. Stop by tomorrow to do some last-minute Labor Day shopping, or to stock up on a new Erica Tanov slip dress or Daryl K leather leggings before fashion month, which kicks off (are you ready?) on Wednesday.
A Green Beauty, Summer 2016 | Issue 7
Meet Garmentory: Your New Shopping Destination
December 7, 2015 | Mindy White
When it comes to online shopping, you might find yourself browsing various sites, hunting down discount emails and codes, and wishing all of your favorite designers could be in one place. Well, thanks to Garmentory, your wish has come true. Based in Seattle, WA, this innovative, curated marketplace from founders Adele Tetangco and Sunil Gowda is making online shopping a much better, more fun, and less complicated experience because it does all the work for you.
With 200+ curated boutiques from across the U.S. and Canada, over 1000 established and emerging designers, and new arrivals daily, Garmentory is bringing brick-and-mortar boutique shopping to our fingertips. The e-commerce combines contemporary fashion and accessories with one-of-a-kind gifts for him and her. Here, buyers can score hard-to-find brands and items, discover new favorite designers, and even support independent boutiques—all at once, all in one place. The most unique part of the site might be the negotiate-your-own-price option on certain items, which allows you to bargain the final sale price directly with shop owners. This method keeps sales happening all year long and helps you score your most favorite pieces for much less!
Below, we’ve feature our most favorite picks from the site, from an Eleven Six Isabelle Cocoon Hoodie that feels like you’re literally wrapped in a warm, fuzzy, grey cloud to Black Crane Quilt Pants that are a never-take-them-off item and Dolce Vita Moss Keiton Booties that go with practically any outfit. Three simple clicks ended us an entire outfit, and each item arrived separately and yet well before the expected delivery date. For us, there’s no better one-stop-shop than Garmentory. Shop now and see why it’s a brilliant place to shop, discover, save, and support.
Avec eleven six, la maille fait un vari numero de charme
Posted on novembre 6, 2015
Méler l’amour des voyages et la passion des belles matières a permis la naissance de la marque ELEVEN SIX. Ce nom n’est pas un matricule choisi au hasard. Il est composé de chiffres qui ont une signification forte dans la vie de la co-fondatrice.
Mais ce que vous pourrez aussi constater, si comme moi, vous avez la chance de laisser glisser entre vos doigts, une de ces étoffes, tissées de fil d’Alpaga, ou de baby alpaga, c’est la douceur et la tendresse de cette maille. Ce qu’on aime dans cette matière c’est sa capacité à s’enrouler sensuellement autour du corps féminin sans le contraindre. Elle souligne avec élégance et grâce les pleins et les déliés de cette morphologie aux formes si subtiles.
Brooklyn Magazine (Sept) - "Bought in Brooklyn"