Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte are collaborating with & Other Stories for a capsule collection to be released next spring, the Swedish retailer announced Tuesday evening. Expect ready-to-wear, accessories and shoes from the design duo at a high street price point, which, according to WWD, will range from $29 for a pair of tights to $325 for a sequin dress. The collection will be available both online and in stores. (A flagship opened in 2014 in New York City's SoHo with a second two-level location slated to open at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue on Oct. 30.)
"Through this special collaboration with & Other Stories, we are excited to translate the Rodarte narrative into a new environment. & Other Stories' unique positioning in the fashion landscape has allowed us to create a truly special collection," said the Mulleavys in a press release.
This will be the first collaboration — or as the H&M sister brand calls them, "co-lab" — that & Other Stories will release with a big-name designer. Until now, the retailer has generally partnered with lesser known brands like Rachel Antonoff and Clare Vivier, as well as low-key industry insiders like stylist Ada Kokosar. Musician and 2014 collaborator Lykke Li, while famous, is still fairly under-the-radar in the music world.
Los Angeles-based Rodarte has always been careful about stepping into the commercial spotlight, but it's also not new territory. Its first collaboration was in 2007, when the Mulleavy sisters released an exclusive sleeveless white top for Gap alongside then-emerging designers and CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winners Doo.Ri and Thakoon. In 2009, Rodarte launched one of Target's first designer collaborations. In 2011, the brand went the concept-boutique route, releasing two collections with Opening Ceremony.
Since then, the Mulleavys have done a few small-scale partnerships with companies that run the gamut from Superga to Starbucks. But we're especially excited for the & Other Stories collection because the partnership is a great fit for both parties. It will be interesting to see how the duo will interpret their artful, highly embellished designs for a brand that's known for offering wardrobe staples in classic silhouettes and quiet prints.
Homepage image: Laura and Kate Mulleavy of Rodarte for & Other Stories . Photo: & Other Stories