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The inspiration for my new Love Letters Collections 2017 was sparked by a handwritten letter written over a hundred years ago. Penned by a World War I soldier in the trenches of France and posted to his girl a continent away, this tender missive, creased with the folds of time, moved me to tears and prompted further exploration of the deep emotional resonance of taking pen to paper.

Continuing the homage to the past, my new Collection includes vintage photos of my paternal grandparents Ida and Franz Koesler. My grandmother Ida, who sewed her own gown by hand, is pictured on both her wedding day and in a chic black travel dress from her trousseau. I feel so blessed to carry on her legacy of hand-sewn craftsmanship.

My thanks to photographer Meghan K. Sadler, Lindsey Burwell & Alexandria Yamazaki for making all of my ideas look beautiful.

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