Remembering Audrey Hepburn on what would have been her 86th birthday, one of Anya’s biggest influences, her style is enduring!
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HANIA by Anya Cole is proud to announce that American Ballet Theatre Principal dancer Julie Kent will expand her role as the face of our past campaigns to become Brand Ambassador for HANIA by Anya Cole. To us, Julie has always represented the woman for whom Anya designs: someone who is individual, authentic, and confident to express her own sense of style.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as the first brand ambassador for HANIA by Anya Cole” says Ms. Kent. "Since the beginning of our relationship, almost 4 years ago, everything about this special company has resonated with me. From Anya’s exquisite, chic, and modern designs, to the luxurious feel of the finest cashmere, to the talent of the NYC artisans who create with their own hands these beautifully crafted, one-of-a-kind pieces all echo my own pursuits as a ballerina and artist. This shared link in our personal histories is yet another fiber that knits our experiences and lives in a meaningful way.“
Ms. Kent concludes, "Anya’s sense of community service and her philanthropic approach to business confirms my belief that HANIA is one of the most interesting and unique young companies in the fashion industry today.”
Fashion Revolution Day poses the question who made my clothes? At HANIA by Anya Cole that’s an easy question to answer and today we’ll share some of those people with you. Lendita has been knitting with us since the beginning of the company. #FashRev #whomademyclothes
Finally we can show the finished result from our scrap yarn project. Our multi-colored neck warmer was knit over a couple of months with a ball of yarn produced from cashmere scraps we had in the studio. A simple 2 x 2 rib stitch was used, and Anya decided to use the ends of the knots as a part of the piece rather than hide or trim them.
Continuing our posts for International Women’s Day on the women behind the scenes at HANIA by Anya Cole.
Hajrije Kajtazaj was born and raised in Kosovo. She was raising her eight children and always knitting, and as her daughter Dhurata says even as a little girl she remembers her knitting sweaters for her children. They escaped the war in 1999 and came to America to join their father. Hajrije began working for Anya when she was first starting HANIA and Dhurata first met Anya when she went with her mother to see Anya so that she could translate for her. She and Anya got along really well and when Dhurata was still in high school Anya offered her an internship. Dhurata is now our Office Manager and her mother, of course, continues to knit for us.