Monday, April 26, 2010

All in the Family - The Hable Sisters adding color & excitement to our day!

The Texan sisters and design experts, Susan and Katharine Hable, founded the NYC-based textiles company Hable Construction in 1999 - named after their great grandfather’s twentieth century road construction business. Paving roads of a different sort, the new generation of the family business merged their skills and talents with an updated sensibility, aiming to create artfully distinctive and utilitarian products for everyday living. The Hable sisters apply practicality, sophistication, and timelessness into their line of home and personal accessories. Bold, graphic patterns comprised of abstracted motifs dubbed with colorful, hand-drawn patterns are the hallmarks of the Hable aesthetic. The company’s products are made by skilled artisans who treat their work as a careful craft, employing traditional screen-printing procedures in an old New England factory. Furthering this principle, the company partnered with a Hungarian women’s cooperative in 2001 to produce a line of wool felt products utilizing a traditional hammer and chisel appliqué technique. Outside of the wool felt production, all Hable products are made in the U.S. Nearly a decade after the business' inception, Hable Construction continues to grow. Today, the company produces five fabric lines, is represented in twelve interior design showrooms worldwide, has international product distribution in over 150 retail outlets, and operates an online shop. Overall success and recognition have also been made possibly by recent licensing opportunities with industry notables: Garnet Hill, Barney's, Proctor & Gamble, and Neiman Marcus and Pottery Barn.

SUSAN HABLE SMITH  was born and raised in Corsicana, TX, Susan currently resides in NYC and is the designer behind the strikingly colored and lofty-scaled patterns cast on Hable Construction products. Susan's fine art background in collaging, sculpture, welding, and painting, bound by an intuitive color sense, has lent an aesthetic that's timeless and universally sophisticated. Travels to Italy, Asia, and South America also serve as a backdrop to Hable’s inspiration. After a 6-year residence in San Francisco working in the design field, she moved to New York City to capitalize on her strength of fine art and design, fusing her love of art’s industrial facets and applying that to textiles. In her world, whimsical forms are combined with a unique color palette inspired by nature, motherhood, and beauty, rather than trends. Susan's design process begins with the most mundane of moments: "I get inspiration from the simplest things like the flower market, my aunt's photos from the Big Thicket, my hometown, fabric swatches, or a knitted sweater. Happiness brings inspiration."

KATHARINE HABLE SWEENEY was born and raised in Corsicana, TX, Katharine currently resides in Brooklyn, NY and is the entrepreneurial force behind Hable Construction. Her academic background in journalism, marketing, and sales management at Polo Ralph Lauren and Kate Spade refined her skills in co-owning the company with her sister, Susan. Smart, determined, and seasoned in the business field, it only seemed natural to merge her talents with her sibling. “Let’s do something,” said Susan as she was seeking the next step in her career. Katharine responded by saying, “Well, give me something to sell.”  Influenced by the surrounding independent and hardworking women around her, and inspired by her sister's artistry, Katharine also realized the benefits of starting her own company which afforded her the freedom to be a mom, wife, and her own boss. Katharine, a born saleswoman with professional experience working at Kate Spade and Polo Ralph Lauren; and Susan, an artist inspired by nature and the handmade aesthetic, decided a business partnership would be a harmonious marriage of the siblings' talents.

Hable Construction offers everything from fabric (bty), pillows, make-up bags, hampers, garden gloves, hats, pin cushions, notebooks/journals, paper weights, and amazing totes, diaper and travel bags.  They also do wonderful felt stockings, tree skirts and ornaments during the holidays. Great gifts for yourself or that special someome and remember, Mother's Day is right around the corner!

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