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FRIENDS with BENEFITS is a contemporary womenswear collection and truly a labor of love. The linear detailing and romantic silhouettes of their understated and expertly constructed collection transcends the standard rules of dress and moves effortlessly from day to night. Dynamic urbanite couple Clark Sabbat and Lynn Levoy let emotion and intuition guide the design process. For the Spring/Summer 2013 collection, Sabbat and Levoy drew inspiration from the fiercely headstrong and sensual women of the 1970s. Slouchy pants cut from silk, pops of color like jade and mauve, and loose fitting asymmetrical dresses that accentuate a woman’s curves embody the eccentricities of the era while staying true to the brand’s effortlessly feminine aesthetic. Fittingly entitled “Refined Simplicity”, the collection embodies the female psyche: tenacity, elegance, and sophistication. http://www.friendswithbenefitslifestyle.com
About the Designer
Clark is based in New York City, United States. He studied at Parsons School of Design and graduated in 1990. His collections are produced in United States.
Friends with Benefits was founded 3 years ago. Life Partners and Co Founders Clark Sabbat / Design Director and Lynn Levoy / Creative Director bring a combined 20 years of expertise. Sabbat attended the Parsons School of Design for fashion design and F.I.T for women’s tailoring and patternmaking. After finishing school Sabbat then began working on his own then eventually ended up working between Paris and New York for various design houses. Levoy graduated from Boston University and has gone on to work as a publicist for some of NYC’s top Public Relation firms as well as a fashion stylist for a celebrity clientele. What sets FWB apart is besides being business partners they are also a loving couple with 2 beautiful children. A chance meeting at Barney’s NY 14 years ago where Sabbat was briefly employed, they became friends and kept in touch. Through life’s twist and turns they lost touch and reconnected 11 years later at a fashion party. Both were at a new stage of their lives , they smiled at each other and have been together ever since. Their love and respect for each other and their love for fashion help propel the collections forward creating designs that are being closely watched by fashion insiders.
Friends with Benefits started with recycled tee shirts being made into dresses and tops which is how we got our first celebrity clients like Rihanna. Since then the collection has evolved into utilizing luxurious knits and woven's with occasional touches of exotic skins. The collections are created using couture techniques such as draping directly in fabric to develop our slihouettes. Our signature is draped sculpting with a touch of tailoring. We create with a combination of draping and sketching to produce balance. Refined simplicity with surprise touches of detail helps keep the collection modern. Our goal is the keep the FRIENDS with BENEFITS aesthetic timeless with an edgy touch of sophisticated seduction.....