Cala Ossidiana

Grey Sheep

Website

calaossidiana.com

Location

new york / united states

University

daap

Anne Pachan loves searching… walking down unbeaten paths to find the beautiful, the strange, and the curious. Whether trekking up to an ancient Balinese village known for their double ikat weaving, checking out a new artist at a Chelsea gallery opening, studying a book from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or watching a classic black and white film, she is continually finding and incorporating new sources of inspiration for her designs. Anne credits a program at the Art Institute of Chicago for solidifying her path to fashion design. She then attended University of Cincinnati for design, with a specialization in knitwear. Travels from Paris to Sicily provided ideas for her thesis collection, and during college she also gained experience on internships at Peter Som, James Coviello, Banana Republic, and Ellen Tracy. After graduation, it was time for a move to New York and an assistant design position at Chado Ralph Rucci, where she gained an understanding of couture by using the finest materials and the most intricate draping, patternmaking, and embroidery techniques. Assisting in the fitting of couture garments gave Anne an incomparable knowledge of the challenges presented by various and exotic fabric and silhouette pairings, and how to manipulate the garment for optimal effect. Anne’s love for knitwear was resurrected when she developed her own consulting business based on knits. For the past several years Anne has been working on sweater design and development for emerging designers and new markets. Clients include FORM, Camilla Staerk, Jillian Lewis/Project Runway, and SOJRN cashmere. Anne also traveled to Peru to work with a luxury manufacturer on yarn and knitwear development using rare alpaca, llama, and vicuna fibers. All of these experiences, combined with an interest in simple luxury and clean modern lines balanced with unique details, led to the development of Cala Ossidiana, a line devoted to swimwear for lounging in the sunlight and sweaters for cozying up when the temperature is cooler. These are pieces to vacation and travel in, created to be staples in any fashionable woman’s suitcase. Anne’s never-ending search for the most unique, stylish, luxurious, and modern clothing is reflected in this collection.