Norah’s Knits: À bientôt
It’s been almost nine years since my first day on the job at Berroco. I’ve enjoyed my time…learning, stretching, growing and spending time with all of you. And all that time, I’ve been commuting weekly between two states.
Berroco is a great place to work, but I’ve been feeling the call to settle down and live in one place (and live with my husband full time, too). For my final post, I thought it would be fun to do a retrospective of all the different “eras” I’ve experienced here in the design studio.
My position started out as a design partnership with my long time mentor and great friend, Margery Winter. Peso is an example of some of the work we did together. I am proud to say that this sweater, IMHO, has stood the test of time. I would still like to wear it.
Margery highly encouraged my first Norah Gaughan collections for Berroco and even did the styling, picking out all of the clothing to go with the sweaters. This photo of Violette le duc, is a fantastic example of Margery’s boundless creativity. I never would have thought to put the cardigan on our model upside down and that brilliant move made the cardigan a hit!
The next era was ushered in by the arrival of Cirilia Rose. We’ve always worked as a true design team at Berroco, so every new designer exerts a strong influence on the over look of the collection. I’ve really enjoyed this evolution. This photo of Cirila’s scarf, Weston and my hat, Woolf serves as an illustration of the melding of of two styles.
When Amanda left to go to grad school (and get married), she was followed by Emily Nora O’Neil. Emily’s middle name has nothing to do with me, but I can’t help loving that we have a name in common. Nora(h)s unite! Here is a sneak peak of a sweater Emily and I dreamed up together as part of the upcoming Fall ’14 collection.
Next week, I’ll be passing the job of design director to Amy Christoffers and I’ll leave knowing the company is in good hands. Emily and Amy are a great team and they’ll have some extra fire power with Alison Green on board as a design resource, as well as the ongoing talents brought to the team by our tech editor, Brenda York.
Oh, and lest I forget…though I will no longer be on staff, Norah Gaughan vol. 15 will be released in about 6 weeks…and I am very excited to announce, that there are plans for a vol. 16 to be released next spring as well!
‘Til next time,