... On the runway, of course. Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra have ten years under their belts as the namesake suppliers of easy separates and fluid layers at the intersection of casual and dressy. That doesn't mean that they weren't met with a bump along the way.
“There was a huge flash flood in New York, like a hurricane or something,” Tagliapietra, the talker of the two, said about their fashion week debut. “It was Spring 2005. We were stuck on the Brooklyn Bridge like an hour before our show, but it turned out fine!”
Fine, in this case, is an understatement. The pair won the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award and became finalists for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund that same year; they were later inducted into the trade organization in 2006. Fast forward to now, and the pair double as designers and their own personal muses.
“It’s funny because we make all of our own clothes. And we’d be out and we’d hear girls say ‘Oh, I love your sweater,’ or ‘I love your pants,’” Tagliapietra said. “So we started thinking, ‘Why aren’t we expanding our own collection and having our customer enjoy, not just dresses, but what else we can do?’”
Like effortless suiting and, their favorite from Spring 2014, cardigans.
“We sort of imagined ourselves as our girl. And as much as we love our dresses, it was sort of like what we would want,” Tagliapietra said. “You know, as the customer, as the Costello girl. And we live in our cardigans.”
As for fall, the pair want the Costello girl to mix things up. “We really like, for fall, the moodier colors that we did,” Tagliapietra said. “They’re almost like old makeup colors—there’s a richness to them but also a matte quality. We love mixing unexpected colors together. I always like seeing our customers play with things and mix and match.”