In the Showroom with Rachel Comey During New York Fashion Week

Rachel Comey broke with tradition this season and showed her fall 2017 collection in LA last week instead of in New York, but we caught up with Nordstrom buyer Joyce Lin on Monday morning as she visited the brand’s downtown showroom to choose which pieces we’ll be offering in our stores this fall.

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Shown here: a topper made in the very same wool, by the same very mill,
as the coat Audrey Hepburn wore in
Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

In a happy stroke of luck, Rachel was there and we had the chance to chat with her about her inspiration, the collection’s fabrics and textile, and her pretty much legendary sense of color.

Like so many designers, she says she’s been affected by the state of world affairs; the fall 2017 collection is “really emotional for the first time in many years.” She talked about feeling that she and her customers want to be with people they love and trust right now, and she said she made clothes that are about the duality of “protection and vulnerability.”

Joyce said she’s really been feeling the menswear elements that are so prevalent right now, and she loves the way Rachel’s strong, classically chic trousers work with her softer, feminine elements. That’s that protection and vulnerability in action—and in silhouette and tactile application.

“Her proportions are always so interesting, and our customers love the fabrics and textures … the way the clothes feel in your hand and on the body,” she said.

And then there are those colors. We got to talking about Rachel’s sense of hue, and I asked her if her home was as richly imagined.

 “Yeah, I think so,” said the designer, and described a lifelong habit of owning vintage-patterned sofas. Taisa Skulsky, who does sales for Rachel, remembered the designer’s studio 15 years ago, where one standout wall was painted half chocolate brown and half teal blue.

That whole-life approach might not be something we’re always aware of as we shop Rachel’s perfectly cropped denim, supremely wearable dresses and cozy knits, but it probably has a lot to do with the ineffable draw we feel. It’s a brand that feels like a friend—and Rachel is a designer who feels like an ally.

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—Laura Cassidy

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  • Socratic February 16, 2017, 9:05 pm

    First of all, great piece about the designer – I may have been the only one to actually read it.

    Second of all, despite what you may think you know, Nordstrom’s stopped selling Ivanka gear because it wasn’t selling. How many of you pro-Trump commenters bought a $12,000 watch from Nordstrom’s while it was on display?

    Lastly, the fact that this is being talked about as news is a distraction to cover up terrible policy. And no I’m not a liberal.

  • Judy moorhead February 16, 2017, 6:21 pm

    Never shopping in your store again you made a political statement that’s mine

  • Carolyn February 16, 2017, 3:25 pm

    Since you are catering to the liberal, foul mouthed, superior attitude women…….that leaves me out. So long Nordstrom’s. You should have the decency to give Mr. Trump time to see what he will do. Look at the changes he makes every day…..fulfilling promises to the American people.
    I think what you did to Ivanka Trump is shameful. I expected more from Nordstrom’s.

  • Caroly February 16, 2017, 3:21 pm

    I feel let down by Nordstrom’s. The liberals have gotten to you too. I expected more from Nordstrom’s like not publicly supporting someone and penalizing someone you don’t. President Trump won fair and square let him do what he said he would do. Every day he makes progress with his promises. I am sick and tired of the the women with foul mouths, threats (if you aren’t in agreement with them), a superior attitude and just plain rude behavior. I guess that is what you are catering too.
    I am tempted to cancel my Nordstrom Visa and stop shopping there. However, unlike you, I will give you time to redeem yourself.

  • Kristina Oesterreich February 16, 2017, 1:54 pm

    Cancelling my Nordstrom card and will take my business elsewhere!

  • Margie February 16, 2017, 10:25 am

    Millions of us will never purchase another thing from your biased store! Never again will i buy a thing from you!!! If you are biased against our president,,,, then i am biased against you!!!! Shame on you!!!

  • Janet February 16, 2017, 10:13 am

    Nordstrom is a great store. I will continue to shop here, no matter what Trump tweets. You would think as a businessman he would understand a bottom line, but after seeing his complete incompetency in business and the presidency, I’m not surprised by his childish and inappropriate outburst against a retailer. This is the priority of the leader of the free world? Sad!

  • Maryjane McLaren February 15, 2017, 4:16 pm

    Please continue to stand for what you believe. Our current administration is in chaos of their own making. I hope you will persist & not be intimidated by the deplorables.

  • Leia February 15, 2017, 1:40 pm

    Mary, you may want to look up the definition of persecution. It does not apply here. Private business that made a decision to drop a line that wasn’t retailing.

    But, on the actual topic, I LOVE Rachel Comey. I’ve been collecting her stuff for years, have boots that are 6+ years old and still get compliments. Love that Nordstrom is supporting her, a real working mom!

  • Ann Elliott February 15, 2017, 10:25 am

    Modern, yet fashioned in the era of Audrey Hepburn, Rachel Comey is a very interesting designer.

  • Ann Elliott February 15, 2017, 10:02 am

    The Thread
    Rachel Comey’s designs, fabrics and “Audrey Hepburn” references makes one feel like being in the past. Going home. Everything about her and her line is very elegant.

  • Anonymous February 15, 2017, 9:34 am

    I returned the items I had ordered on line that arrived after the ban on Ivanka Trump’s clothin line. I will no longer be patronizing your stores to the tune of $10,000 a year.

  • Mary February 14, 2017, 3:29 pm

    I will never step foot in any of your stores again if you continue to persecute the President of our nation. He is not banning all Muslims, only those whose records are not clear. There is nothing wrong with his wanting to protect everyone in our country (even you, I might add) from being harmed. President Trump is working within legal boundaries as outlined by our Constitution. Check the facts.

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