The Label: Sheila Johnson Collection
Based In: New York
Designed By: Movie producer/philanthropist/hotelier Sheila Johnson, who has transformed her passion for landscape photography into a just-launched collection of digital print luxury scarves. "I have been holding onto photographs that I have taken over the years—photographs that mean a lot to me and remind me of the journey that I have been on," says Johnson, who was a founding partner of BET (Black Entertainment Television) and recently honored as one of Donna Karan's Women Who Inspire. "I think of photography as my canvas for rediscovery and inspiration; when I’m behind the lens, I can express myself, not just personally but to the world. It’s been thrilling to share my passion for nature and my philanthropic work by translating what I see and feel into luxurious, wearable art.”
Looks Like: The scarves are produced on an old-fashioned wooden loom outside of Florence, Italy and feature Johnson's rich, color-saturated nature shots—bright fall foliage, a tranquil snowfall, flowers in bloom, the sunburst-like inside of an orange—printed on super-soft, beautifully draped modal that's hand cut and fringed then given evocative names such as Solace, Joy! and Etude. "In choosing which photographs to use for the scarves, I look for images that tell a story and capture an intimate moment in time," adds Johnson. "Wrapping yourself in one of my scarves should feel like wrapping yourself in a beautiful embrace.”
Sold At: Sheila Johnson scarves retail for $475 on her website. A portion of proceeds are donated to the Lady Salamanders, the first national all-women's Street Soccer USA team, which aims to end homelessness through sports.
graphic design by K Sarna