“China is happening right now, from its economic influence to the buzz surrounding the Beijing Summer Olympics,” says globe-trotting couturière (and Departures contributing editor) Cathryn Collins in her Manhattan atelier. With China on her mind, she has unveiled the “Made in Italy” sweater under her label, I Pezzi Dipinti. Crafted from ultrafine Mongolian cashmere and knit by artisans in a small factory in Perugia, Italy, this tailored piece has a solid front with Chinese script streaming down the back. The sweater is designed as a conversation piece, and the message is wholly tongue in cheek. Explains Collins: “I was in part teasing my workers—who lament that much of their business is moving to China—while also professing my dedication to manufacturing beautiful pieces in Italy.” So might we be seeing Collins’s worldly clientele sporting the sweater at the Games? “You never know,” says Collins. “Someone may end up wearing one there.” The sweater costs $570 (212-941-9966; ipezzidipinti.com).
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