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Chance

Easy grace and joie de vivre radiate from a new collection by former Kate Spade creative director Julia Leach

by Wendy Dembo in Style on 05 August 2010

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A fresh take on French classics, Chance offers a tightly edited collection of clothing, accessories, books and music. Building off of the essential striped shirt— first worn by the French Navy in 1858, made popular by Matisse 50 years later and worn by everyone from rebels like Hunter S. Thompson and Edie Sedgwick to elegant beauties like Natalie Portman and Charlotte Gainsbourg—Chance successfully blends heritage with trend for the most in stylish grace.

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Founded by former Kate Spade EVP/Creative Director Julia Leach, she tells CH "This brand comes from my heart and soul. The pieces are well made and simple, yet thoughtful details make them special. They're pieces you'll love for years. This is the essence of Chance."

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With the striped shirt as its icon, Chance's range of nautically themed goods represent the joie de vivre to the fullest with quality design at the forefront. Highlights include mother-of-pearl buttons, a custom made Italian selvedge tote, jewelery handmade in NYC, Lola Ehrlich raffia hats and English soaps, all speaking to Leach's talent for creating timeless mainstays.

Currently peddling womenswear and accessories, Chance plans to add a line for both men and kids in the near future.

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