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the elder statesman mainI have recently been bitten by the LA bug—I’ve just spent some time there, and may I say, the Western coast without a doubt has me swooning for its natural beauty, beachy laid-back lifestyle, sunshine, palm trees, and carefree ease.

I had the opportunity to sit down for a picnic lunch with Greg Chait of the lifestyle brand The Elder Statesman, on the property of his LA showroom. Greg—an avid surfer and all-around creative, spirited guy with clear West coast values—is the crazy-talented designer of the much swooned-after cashmere line launched in 2007, and was honored in 2012 with the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund grand prize. The line is the epitome of luxury, elegance, and hand-crafted quality, and I would expect nothing less from Greg, who pours himself into his work—which is at its core about handmade artisanal quality, and is clearly very personal to him.

As we munched on his favorite local pastrami sandwiches, pickles, and chips from Greenblatt Deli in an idyllic lawn setting complete with a vintage home-spun loom, he shared his vision for the brand,  in his quiet, confident voice steeped in humility and artistry.

What I loved most about this lunch—shared with Greg and Tomate (the softest teddy bear known to man, created by Greg from leftover fabric scraps and featured in the Love Affair Video) atop a dreamy Elder Statesman cashmere blanket—was that it encompassed craftsmanship, quality, fantasy, luxury, and creativity, as the sun beamed down on us.

I left that picnic inspired to create, reminded that curating beauty and quality touches so many people; that remaining true to your integrity and vision while also enjoying life and family, is essential to being an artist; and, most of all, how important it is to stay humble and focused.

Photography by Emily Knecht

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Magenta & Grey Cashmere Oversized Sweater

Over-sized Sweater

'Spiral' Bracelet

‘Spiral’ Bracelet

Pullover Sweater

Pullover Sweater

Multicolored Cashmere Four Panel Blanket

Multicolored Cashmere Blanket

Off-White Cashmere Cardi

Off-White Cashmere Cardi

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