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Wednesday, December 14th 2011

Tribune Standard’s Tawfik Mounayer on Resort 2012

Following up their well-received fall/winter debut, Tribune Standard showed a stunning resort collection bursting with warm-weather must-haves. Macramé earrings dust the shoulders of effortless blouses, and dresses shine in exclusive hand-designed prints. We’ve been coveting these pieces since Fashion’s Night Out and jumped at the opportunity to talk to the man behind the designs once again. Tawfik Mounayer fills us in on the label’s inspiration, social responsibility, and his biggest holiday wish.

SHOPBOP: Tell us a little about the resort 2012 collection.
Tawfik Mounayer: It started with a few muses and an artist. A portrait of Marisa Berenson wearing a heavy tassel earring and a blushed shoulder, as well as modern painter James Nares. Cross that with gestures of Paloma Picasso in St. Tropez circa 1973, and resort 2012 was well on its way.

SB: How would you describe its aesthetic?
TM: For resort 2012 we really wanted the clothes to be easy, effortless, and polished. These are pieces than can take you away even if you don't have a trip planned.

SB: We love the resort collection’s color story. What inspired the palette?
TM: We develop all our own prints at Tribune Standard. We started painting in the design studio and playing around with paint colors. We started splattering, mixing unexpected color combinations.  We might have done 100 paintings. Then we picked our favorites and pulled the palette together from there. 

SB: You take strides to produce your collection in a responsible way. Can you tell us more about that?
TM: We work with both large and small manufacturers that share our passion for the subtler things. We take pride in our fit, manufacturing, and finishing. We support local patternmakers and manufacturers in NYC. Most of our woven pieces are made in the Garment District. In addition, we partner with a Bolivian women's work co-op to produce all of our knits. For resort, it's all the beautiful macramé. Each macramé piece is signed by the woman artisan that worked on the individual piece. We take pride in working with them and hope people take pride when wearing our garments.

SB: The holiday season is here. What’s at the top of your wish list?
TM: One day to do nothing –relax, read, eat, sleep, and then repeat.

SB: Any plans to escape the cold this winter?
TM: Planning a trip to Palm Springs for New Year’s and I would like to go somewhere in February post fashion week that involves sun and a salty body of water.

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