Han Starnes is a womenswear label established in 2013 and based in Nashville. 

Deisgner Han started the label with her husband Brock after developing a love for knitwear and textiles while living in Wellington, New Zealand. After returning to the US, the range was launched to explore raw beauty, clean silhouettes and a slow, considered approach to making clothing.

"We have found that the objects we choose to surround ourselves with and the clothes we wear matter, and thus we care deeply about the materials our garments are made of and how they're produced."

Their latest collection 'orenda' is inspired by the mystic and magnetic beauty of nature. Taking an intuitive approach to design, Han Starnes SS16 "is an ode to listening to subtleties of life" and features hand woven cottons in beautiful neutral tones. 

We asked Han to tell us a little bit more about her label...

Can you tell us a little about why you started your own label? 
Han: We decided to start the label in 2013 after returning home from New Zealand. We lived in Wellington for about 2 years, and during our time there I spent a lot of my time learning about textiles and fashion. I was particularly interested in the technique of hand-spinning wool. When we moved back to the States, I really wanted to find a way to exhibit these textiles, so we launched the label. Knitwear was our natural starting point and as things have progressed we’ve started exploring other textiles.

Do you have any signatures or references you come back to again and again

I’m always looking for something interesting yet approachable when designing. There’s one scarf that we released our very first year, that became a signature for us, called the Diamond Cowl. We have several silhouettes that we come back to again and again, but we are branching out for our upcoming SS17 collection, which we’re working on right now. 



Your range uses truly beautiful hand woven fabrics. What is your approach to developing textiles and how does this process influence the final designs?

We are currently working with a few sustainable weaving groups in Western India who weave fabrics for us. This process definitely influences our designs. It all depends on what they are capable of weaving / dying. It’s been a fun process to work with these groups. For some of our FW16 pieces, we’ve partnered with a group of 300 women in Peru who have been taught to hand-spin a very specific yarn and knit it into a few of our pieces. I really love this part of my job.

What are you looking forward to?

I’m really excited about our SS17 collection that I’m working on right now - new shapes and new fabrics. I think with each collection we’re learning new things, and this whole project has been one big textile exploration.

Our FW16 releases in August of this year and incorporates a lot of new things for us, and some old favorites; our biggest collection yet.

Do you have any rituals / habits that help you stay focused and organised? 

I try to do yoga at least 4 times a week, which seems to help.

I also sometimes take a 20 minute nap in the early afternoons — I never realised how much a short nap can help. I used to drink a lot of caffeine, but have recently decreased my intake, and I am surprised how good it feels!


Images from Han Starnes SS16 Lookbook

Shot by Han Starnes, Model Abby Clark

Courtesy of Han Starnes