I’ve been fascinated by scarves ever since I was five and my mother would get out her collection on a rainy day. She’d take out the whole drawer and put it on my grandmother’s spindle bed, and we’d spend hours admiring them, sorting them by color, fabric and shape. She’d tell me a story about how she came by each.
The first time I sewed, my friend’s mom had a gang of eight-year-olds over to make simple sheath dresses. I basted mine to the bedspread, and learned to be more aware of my surroundings, and how to start over if you have too. And I learned to love the freedom of choosing fabrics and making them come alive.
Out of that background, the idea for Langton’s Scarves came from a trip to Scotland, in a vintage store in Edinburgh. Among the treasures was a rack of British scarves popular in the 1960s that combined solid color wool with acetate foulard — traditional menswear prints. I loved the look, but didn’t buy one, because they weren’t quite right. They were hard to style and all kind of looked the same. I wanted something more…more fabrics, more patterns, more sizes and more diversity. The result is Langton’s Scarves.