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What can you wear to work and in the weekends? Little Black Book is a column where we dish out the cool and cult brands that champion versatility and effortless dressing.

The low-down

Former fashion journalist Isabel Wilkinson Schor pivoted from writing about garments to actually designing them. The founder and creative director of Attersee started out with the desire to design five perfect shirts to gift her friends. 

She was daydreaming for an island vacation and compiled a wish list of what she would pack for the trip – some of which included caftans, effortless shirts with matching shorts and linen fringed dresses. These pieces were eventually added to her first collection, which launched in 2021. 

This New-York based womenswear line prides itself as a brand that offers everyday essentials designed with discerning deviations from the norm like a structured vest with a cinched waist to give you that hour-glass figure or a silk-lined wool blend jacket with interior boning for a structured silhouette that sits off the shoulder and accentuates the natural waist. 

Work it

Attersee’s design focus is simple: A timeless silhouette with a comfortable fit, rendered in the most luxurious fabrications. Highlights include a pair of silk-lined satin trousers or a cashmere cardigan with velvet-covered buttons designed with a cutaway shape at the waist for a fitted and slightly sculptural silhouette.

In her second collection, Schor introduced new styles like a luscious velvet-lined cashmere robe coat to much success. 

Some of the brand’s bestsellers include its signature caftan dress (seen above), the Everyday Shirt (and my personal favourite), the soft, lightweight cashmere silk T-shirt. It’s a great layering piece for work or play and is priced at $782. In comparison, The Row’s cashmere T-shirts start from $1,200. 

Keep the brand on your radar

Attersee is a great alternative to the much pricer The Row if you’re leaning towards a timeless and quietly luxurious aesthetic. Besides the silk cashmere T-shirts, cashmere wool turtlenecks and silk cashmere shirts, the large cashmere wrap scarf, made of super-soft Alpaca wool and trimmed with Nappa leather, is the perfect flight and cold weather companion; it doubles as a cosy shawl or blanket.   

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