In ancient Rome and Greece, architectural fragments from building sites were preserved and used in future buildings in a practice known as “Spoliā.” Disparate materials: ceramic, marble, terracotta, were used concurrently to create impressive structures, many of which are still standing today.
In a nod to this ancient practice, the idea for “Spoliā” came to me in 2020. I set out to repurpose noble, handcrafted textiles that go to waste into unique outerwear in six styles - each inspired by a different realm of the building arts, and designed to be timeless.
TRANSFORMATION OF MYTH
Spoliā is an attempt to eternalize the ephemeral; a homage to ancient cultures, a long-lost splendor for reinterpreting materials that were made with skill and warmth.
A CHANCE TO RETHINK
Having spent several years immersed in the high-end interior design industry, we saw that yards of beautiful upholstery textiles were discarded as a result of furniture production overflows, quick turnarounds and fabric discontinuation.
These exquisite fabrics are made using noble materials such as pure silk, cashmere, and wool - in all manner of sublime weaves and prints, woven with time-honored methods.
THE ANATOMY OF A COAT
Working with mills and furniture workrooms, Spoliā is able to repurpose these exquisite fabrics into heirloom quality outerwear. Limited by small yardages of fabric, the number of pieces that Spoliā can produce is small - making each piece a true one off.
A CRAFT, A STORY
We honor the community of craftspeople involved in the lifespan of these coats: from weaver to wearer; instilling a sense of protection from worldly elements.
Our pieces are carefully made in New York City, pairing skilled fabric technicians with the needs of each garment. Our trims and buttons are custom handmade in France by a world-renowned art ceramiste constantly experimenting with new techniques and sculptural forms.
ADAPTIVE TO ALL SCENARIOS
The coats come in six styles, each piece springs from a fascination for material narratives, gestures and traditions; unified in valuing history and architecture.
Spoliā aims to create pieces that balance between the simple and the artisanal, embracing the handmade, the tactile and the poetic.
All done with gratitude, curiosity and grace.
The coats are designed to feel elemental in material, construction, and shape. Meanwhile, the idea of fabrics repurposed continues to resonate.
We celebrate history, process, and beauty. There is intention and ample consideration behind every gesture, no matter how inconsequential.
Spoliā; dedicated to what might have been lost - in any world but this one.
Pieces that physically merge history and setting, made to be cherished for generations.