DeNada is the coolest knitwear line you have ever seen…and now there are warm-weather designs to keep us cool in the DC heat!
Last summer I met the incredibly modest and approachable Virginia Blanca Arrisueño, designer and founder of DeNada. This DC-based artist and weaver has been blending cutting edge styles with the traditions of her Peruvian heritage in her scarves, wraps, cloaks and now, summer pieces. Virginia is also a mom of a preschool-aged son, and she invited me to drop by her studio to learn about DeNada and talk creativity, parenting and style.
Virginia and her team weaves her designs in her O Street studio space [check out her drop-in hours if you too would like to visit], and once the sample is perfected, she works alongside skilled artisans in Perú to produce the DeNada collection pieces for customers.
As a knit specialist but also a denizen of DC, Virginia has wanted to develop a line for the summer. Famous for her capes, shawls, scarves and cowls, she envisioned airy, light wraps, open-knit layering tees and feather-weight statement pieces to make women’s summer outfits pop with artistry and the unexpected. For 2016, she did it.
Although I had already greatly admired the pieces in her online store, as well as on my friends Tanvi and Rosana, I was surprised when I felt and tried on the collection in person. These pieces are of the lightest weave and threads! They are made to be thrown over a tank, a sleeveless dress, a summer bandeau and provide a cool look and coverage with no added heat. Of course, we can wear these pieces year-round as part of our outfits.
Neutral colors are her focus, but every season’s collection includes a pop of color. The summer collection includes a palette of onyx black, slate grey, midnight blue, warm khaki and citrus yellow.
I really, really, really want them all.
I want to wear these open-weave tops over the tight ribbed tanks and strapless styles right now. I want to wear the shrugs over dresses and the wraps over jeans all year long. The pieces are one size fits all, and fit my frame with loads of room to spare.
Would you like to pick a piece to own? Virginia and the DeNada team are generously offering a summer item of your choice to a lucky A Parent in Silver Spring winner!
To enter to win, simply click over to the DeNada Spring/Summer Collection section and review the amazing choices.
Then enter the name and color of your favorite piece in the prizing widget below! There are other ways you can win, too, by following DeNada’s handles on social media, but the dream shopping piece is the fun part.