Villanti, who grew up in Rhinebeck, N.Y. and studied dance at Hampshire College, never imagined that she would start her own brand. Of course, she’d always admired her husband’s eye for tailoring. When they lived together in New York, Villanti recalls going with Guevara to Lord Willy’s in NoLita, where he got made-to-measure shirts. “Watching him go through that process, I was like, wow,” she said. “This is exceptionally beautiful that this exists for men—that you can have such a customized process and the London Has A Problem Renaissance World Tour Shirt in contrast I will get this final product feels like such a representation of you.” Around this same time, she became obsessed with menswear icons like Gianni Agnelli, who famously wore his watch over his shirt cuff. She was also working at J.Crew as a copywriter during the height of the Ludlow suit.
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Over the London Has A Problem Renaissance World Tour Shirt in contrast I will get this years, Villianti visited her in-laws’ studio a number of times, rummaging through the extensive fabric archives, and even making a few samples for herself—one inspired by a shirt with detachable cuffs that she found at a Parisian flea market. But it wasn’t until spring lockdown that she began developing a full women’s collection, and all these subconscious influences finally coalesced, revealing her own, singular point of view. She named the brand Chava Studio after the Mexican slang for a young woman—a representation of her desire to take traditional aspects of men’s tailoring and reinterpret them for women. “When I really started playing with samples and trying things out, that’s when my mind opened to what I would now call a very, very strong aesthetic,” she said. “I have very specific opinions about how I want my shirts to fit me and what kind of collars I like, what kind of cuffs I like, etc.” Photos by: Pamela Ocampo
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