Sveta Drescher really liked the English word Pipsqueak when she heard it for the first time and 'Chapeau' is the name of a well known store owned by an eccentric woman who always wore crazy hats in Sveta's homeland, Russia. It sounded fun to her to put the two together- Pipsqueak Chapeau!
After having her son Kai (now 6.5) she knitted her first hat. Then came the idea for a line of kids hats and scarves and clothes, followed by a line of adult clothes. She now has a second son, Finn, who is 9 months. When she is not creating a clothing line she spends the time with her kids and works on her photography. She takes all of the evocative photos of her line for her website and blog (see below). Opening her new store felt like a natural progression- her clients kept asking for it and then recently a space came up near her home and studio in Brooklyn, so she jumped at the chance.
The entire Pipsqueak- Chapeau line is made by hand in Brooklyn. Natural materials are very important and all her designs are produced in linen, silk, cotton, felted wool, mohair, hemp and her knits are alpaca. The designs are usually in solid colors and natural shades. Sveta approaches her designs with a concern about how women and children feel living in their clothing, not so much how they look. Her line goes from baby knits to kids dresses to adult clothing and now she also does home linens.
For the Fall, Sveta favorite picks are:
-the alpaca mitts are the quintessential NYC mittens. You can open any doorknob better or handle a metro card with ease.
-the tie skirt (shown above with Sveta tying it) is wool, cashmere with a silk finish.
-the long sleeve linen dress which comes in white and black.
99 Franklin St. Brooklyn NY 11211
Reported by our associate editor in New York- Jasmine Astronomo-Berger.