Jan-Hendrik Schlottmann opened his apartment in Gramercy Park for a presentation of his new Câllas offer for spring. The still green leaves of the park danced in the late afternoon light; it wasn’t Lake Como, the Italian vacation spot featured on the brand’s seasonal souvenir scarf print, but it was a great substitute.
The Câllas formula is refreshingly simple: cut timeless yet timely wardrobe essentials from responsible materials and have them made in the Italian factories employed by the biggest names in the fashion industry. Schlottman cuts costs by producing what customers love and buy. Last year’s high-waisted soft denim flare pants are back for another round, but this time in jersey in a range of easy-to-wear hues. Silk twill pajamas are another recurring offering, and it’s a safe bet that the boyish denim jumpsuit shown here will be something he’ll reiterate next season.
New for spring came in the form of cotton shirt pieces embellished in a style that evoked visions of Mediterranean vacations – Portofino, for example, or Patmos, where Schlottman spent part of August. This shouldn’t be confused with a resort collection, however. There were also thin striped shirts that would enhance any woman’s office wardrobe.