Welcome to the ornamental world of D’ASCOLI, where we celebrate the decorative arts of diverse cultures in our original designs, using ancient and modern techniques. We employ sustainable, low carbon forms of production such as hand-weaving, digital printing, and hand embroidery to create socially responsible products that enrich the lives of makers and users with an authentic provenance, and the integrity that results from small-batch production.
One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men.
No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
- Elbert Hubbard
When the global pandemic hit, and strict lockdowns kept us isolated at home, Cecile D'Ascoli began painting watercolor renderings of lotus seeds, stems, and flowers as a meditative study of inner discovery. It was from these artworks, with their naïve and primitive style, that Creative Director Peter D'Ascoli has created “Escape” – a collection of dresses and tops that speak with a fresh voice of sunny days and carefree nights.
The Long Island collection commemorates the English colonial origins of America where, on the east end of Long Island, historic windmills and seaside fishing villages now sit beside elite cottages. Ticking stripes and homespun flora designs mix with damask patterns and refined embroideries, evoking the feeling of beach life and country club soirées typical of the East End (as this unique locale outside New York City is known). Lightweight silk crepe de Chine and hand-spun, hand-woven cotton are the vehicles for bohemian midi dresses and streamlined maxi gowns – perfect for daytime or evening adventures anywhere in the world that smart people gather.
Inspired By India is a tribute to the glory of Indian textiles with references to Mughal marble inlay, Rajasthani tie-dye, the floral block printing traditions of the Coromandel Coast, and the opulent paisley shawls of Kashmir. Styles range from gypsy looks for casual days and evenings, to regal maxi gowns ideal for elegant soirées.
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