Ross Menuez, founder of the NYC-based Salvor Projects, claims that his brand's explosive success required "more trips to Nicaragua, aerospace DIY experiments, months at sea working on fishing boats, and industrial welding classes than pattern-making classes at FIT." We're not completely sure what a "DIY aerospace experiment" entails, but we're big fans of the results.
We were first drawn to Salvor Projects after spotting--and gently harassing--a stylish woman on the street sporting a massive wrap printed with a huge, pinkish eyeball. What was so especially brilliant about the piece (which has since become a brand landmark) is that the eyeball melts into a soft, subtle print when worn about the neck, but try it around the shoulders and prepare to be stopped dead in your ankle booties--for compliments, that is.
It's that simultaneously daring yet utterly wearable quality that defines Menuez's fashion sensibility. His complete collection of knits for spring will include bold printed dresses, tops and capes in a range of simple silhouettes. Keep an eye out for the vaguely reptilian-looking wrap--it might be one of those wonderfully peculiar closet additions you buy on a whim and wind up devoted to.
Salvor Projects is available at Barneys, Seven, Oak and Project No.8.