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DIVERSIONS: Colorforms

Tue, 07/04/2023 - 13:43



Blake D’Onofrio / Art director, Jesse Elliot

For as long she can remember, Heather Rose Rauscher has been mixing and matching prints. She calls her collection Patternier, and it’s based on the idea of creating something new from something old: Rauscher hand-paints original patterns onto vintage quilts or vintage textiles, then digitally prints hybrid fabrics to craft luxury pieces for fashion and home.

Rauscher is from Wainscott and studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology before work stints at Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs. She’s all about the collision of old and new. You might encounter her “Whimsiculture” design, a classic Jacobean botanical blended with Americana patchwork, on napkins and place mats on a summertime patio set for a sunset dinner. And you might wear a blazer in her “Serene Maximalism” textile (another the contradiction, in a neutral, oyster-mushroom-inspired print)  to that dinner party.

“So much of Patternier’s inspiration comes from the iconic stylings of the Hamptons and my deep roots there,”  says Rauscher, who has fond memories of watching her dad surf and kiteboard in the ocean off Beach Lane and who hangs out on the beach at Wainscott or Sagaponack when she’s not at the drawing board. “I love to make something that’s never been done before.”

From pillows to pleated pants, Patternier pieces are cut and sewn in the Garment District or Brooklyn, keeping the entire design-and-production process local to New York State. She works in all-natural fabrics — cottons, silks, linens. This summer, keep an eye on her Instagram, @patternier, for her pop-up schedule and news of trunk shows. She also does private consultations, which can be scheduled at [email protected].

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