There's something wonderful about discovering a new brand—a brand that's on the cusp of greatness but still somehow managing to fly under the radar. That's the sort of thing editors like me live for. However, this obsession with newness and unearthing the next big thing can mean that you sometimes don't give the brands you already know about the attention they deserve. Well, today, I'm here to rectify that situation by spotlighting a brand which, although not new, is suddenly everywhere.
Now approaching its 15th birthday, Sea New York was initially founded by designer Sean Monahan in, yep, you guessed it, New York City. Later, lifelong friend Monica Paolini joined to form the duo behind one of the chicest contemporary brands.
Anyone who has been to New York will tell you that it's a city of two halves—a place where the polished upper crust of the East Side and the adept dressers of the downtown districts meet. This fusion of elevated cool has always served as the inspiration for Sea's designs and is ultimately why they hold so much appeal. It's effectively a style honey trap, as fashion types have long gravitated towards Sea's aesthetic. Though, now, the buzz around the brand seems to be peaking.
Lucy Williams has a thing for knitted vests, but her Sea New York style has to be our favourite.
I can barely browse my Instagram feed without seeing one of the people I follow wearing new-season Sea, and I understand why. The brand has a flair for texture. Broderie and crochet have always played a big part in its designs, and seeing as these are perhaps two of the most coveted fabrications of 2021, it's only natural that Sea has proven incredibly popular.
Last year's cottagecore trend has shown no signs of slowing down, meaning Sea's latest collection of patchwork pieces, frilly co-ords, delicate florals and homespun knits, complete with a joyful colour palette, has hit the fashion bullseye.
As the pieces have caught the eyes of Lucy Williams, Hanna Stefansson, Fia Hamelijnck and Grece Ghanem, to name a few, now might be the time to finally treat myself to something by Sea New York for fear that if I wait any longer, there might not be anything left! Scroll on to see how influencers are wearing Sea New York. Then proceed to shop my edit of the best new-season pieces from the brand.