I’m A Veteran Grandpa I Have Risked My Life To Protect Strangers Shirt, hoodie, tank top

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I’m A Veteran Grandpa I Have Risked My Life To Protect Strangers Shirt, hoodie, tank top

Backstory: While a student at Parsons The New School for Design, Houston native Caycee Black interned at both Mimi Turner and Anna Sui. After graduating in 2003, she went to work at Club Monaco and then became a knitwear designer at Tibi. “Club Monaco taught me more of the corporate side,” says Black. “At Tibi, I really started from the bottom up. There were nine of us when I began, and there were about 45 when I left.” Since launching her eponymous collection for fall, Black has also been dressing rock bands The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and The Depreciation Guild for their videos and performances. Of course, her boyfriend’s connections help; he’s the drummer for the former and the lead singer for the latter.

Collection: If there’s one word Black likes to use for her collection, it’s “autobiographical.” “It’s everything in my life that I love,” she says, bringing up her years spent studying ballet as a case in point. “There’s a gracefulness in everything,” explains Black, who still takes adult ballet classes in the city. “The silk jersey bodysuits, the use of silk organza — it’s that feeling of ballet without it being a huge tutu or anything.” But there’s an arty polish to her designs, as well — draped dresses and watercolor-print tops — that stems from her own artistic background. To all this, she folds in her enthusiasm for what she calls “old-lady movies from the Thirties and Forties.” “I could totally get down like a grandma,” Black quips, noting that her muse for fall was Myrna Loy — thus the strong-shouldered tailoring throughout.

Stats: Wholesale prices range from $110 for sweaters to $350 for coats. The collection has been picked up by Feature in Los Angeles, Bijou in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Jamie in Nashville.

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