December 21, 2020

Behind the Brand: CUSHNIE

Whether you’re into clean, classic style or more avant-garde, structural fashion—iwe can all agree that the accessories are the cherry on top. Our current winter curation is an ode to timeless accessories, starting with the wear-with-anything ombre scarf from luxe ready-to-wear brand CUSHNIE.

As the woman behind CUSHNIE, founder Carly Cushnie designs with a focus on the balance between structure, proportion, and fluidity. We caught up with Carly to get her take on the brand’s refined, feminine aesthetic, her style inspirations, and much more. 

You designed the ombre scarf exclusively for CURATEUR—what appealed to you most in wanting to design exclusively for our members?
I loved the opportunity to create a piece that embodied my collection but also resonated with all the members as an essential, seasonal item.

You and your designs inspire women all over the world. Who inspires you?
My collections are always inspired by so much, whether it’s art and architecture, or a travel destination or film. My surroundings are an endless source of inspiration as well as the many strong powerful women I know who work hard, take care of the home, and generally kick ass.

Talk to us a bit about your creative process. How did you design the ombre scarf?
When I was thinking about this scarf, I wanted to create a piece that would be an essential addition to this season’s wardrobe. Luxuriously soft and classically elegant, it seamlessly goes with any look.

You’re a founding member of RAISEfashion, an advisory network and resource for black-owned brands. How can our community get involved to uplift black voices?
The fashion industry is an incredibly difficult industry to gain access to. There are so many barriers for entry, in particular for Black people. By lending expert career and business mentorship through the RAISEfashion program, we are helping to break down some of the barriers and give Black individuals and Black business owners the guidance they need to help them succeed in the industry.

If you could raid one woman’s closet, who would it be?
Diana Ross.

What message do you hope to send to women through your designs?
I hope it firstly brings women joy. And also makes them feel empowered by feeling elegantly put together.

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