New York Times: The T List

New York Times: The T List



By Caitie Kelly

It started, as so many partnerships do these days, on Instagram. Last summer, Lizzie Fortunato, the jewelry designer and co-founder of the namesake accessories brand, posted a picture in which she was wearing a DEMYLEE sweater styled with a “neck mess,” as she refers to the tangle of statement necklaces she often sports. Upon spotting the tag, Demy Lee herself, the Korean-born, New York-based knitwear designer, sent a direct message suggesting they collaborate, and the founders — along with Fortunato’s sister and business partner, Kathryn — were off to the spangled races. The resulting three-piece capsule collection includes a short-sleeved mustard-colored sweater with a rhinestone chain stitched along the crew neckline like a built-in necklace, and a Shaker stitch cotton cardigan offset with chunky, candy-colored resin buttons. The third item, a white cotton button-down with hammered gold studs, holds special meaning for Fortunato, as it was modeled on the Demylee shirt she was wearing when her husband proposed. Each of the tops is casual enough to be worn with jeans while also adding a little something extra to an outfit. But don’t hold back, says Fortunato, from adding more sparkle still. From $225, lizziefortunato.com