FASHION

Abc. Taps Three Collaborators for Latest Capsule

Heather Haber and Remington Guest cut their teeth with the original Band of Outsiders but didn’t make a splash until they founded Abc., short for Advisory Board Crystals, in 2015. Based in Los Angeles, the duo has become known for their distinct crystal-infused dye technique and hand-crafted experimental streetwear, and over the years, they’ve collaborated with a number of art institutions, artists and companies, including The Whitney Museum, Olafur Eliasson, Kenny Scharf, the Andy Warhol Foundation and Marvel.

Their latest collaboration — Artist Recluse — includes three partners: artist Elliott Hundley, Mattel’s Masters of the Universe/He-man and Guess Jeans, and explores a time when serious creatives were more apt to keep a low profile than to shout out their presence on social media.

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Hundley reimagined Abc.’s signature T-shirts by collaging them with photographs and found objects and its sweatshirts by emblazoning them with an allover print. Both also sport a chain-stitched information box and Abc.’s holographic patch.

The Mattel portion of the collection is centered around the new Masters of the Universe Netflix series and imagines an artist recluse living in California but working at Mattel in Japan. The saying, “We have the power,” is printed on trucker hats, and there are T-shirts featuring Evil-Lyn and The Sorceress, a battling He-man and a Skeletor camp shirt. Tees feature a transparent glitter print, a puff print, a Mattel label and a back embroidery. Hats are embroidered and include a Mattel tag, and the camp shirts feature screen-printed characters and layered glitter effects, a puff print logo, a Mattel label and a back Japanese logo text.

The Guess jacket quotes the Henry David Thoreau mantra.

The Guess jacket quotes the Henry David Thoreau mantra.

For the Guess part of the collection Abc. offers a reinterpretation

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JEWELRY

Lab-grown Diamond Start-up Aether Furthers ‘Luxury’ Positioning With First Jewelry Collection

Aether Diamonds, a fast-growing lab diamond company that harvests stones from carbon found in the air, is launching its first jewelry collection.

The Bombé collection features rings, necklaces, pendants and bracelets made with its proprietary lab-grown diamonds and yellow gold. It will be available to shoppers directly through Aether’s site, and represents an evolution for a brand that in recent months has added multiple big-name executives to its advisory board, including Alain Bernard — Richemont’s former head of North America and the recent founder of Abbey Road Advisory.

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While most lab-grown diamond brands set their stones in very classic jewelry, Aether purposefully went in a more fashionable direction to further its self-described “luxury” positioning. Every piece comes with a description of how many months of carbon emissions have been offset by the production of its Aether diamond components — ranging from one month to nearly 11 years of offsets, all calibrated toward the average individual’s annual carbon impact.

Chief design officer Jenna Housby said of the collection, “We wanted to do something different with our product — everything [in lab-grown jewelry] was quite generic and we wanted strong design that created a handwriting for our product to tell a story.” Housby was classically trained at Central Saint Martins, and joined Aether after working in the ateliers of Stephen Webster and Theo Fennell.

Chief operating officer and cofounder Dan Wojno added, “We have a very special and differentiated story. Every atom of diamond we produce was recently in the atmosphere and only we can say that. Due to our process and story, our diamonds command their value.”

Aether’s lab diamonds are priced higher than the industry average — which it says is due to the costly process of gathering carbon from the atmosphere. While the average 1-carat

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