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How do you build a brand that can weather fashion’s changing seasons and fickle loyalties? Tahirah Hairston speaks to the founder of A Détacher about the long-term benefits of dodging hype, staying small and working four-day weeks.

Mona Kowalska’s studio sits right below her shop on Mulberry Street, an area within walking distance of some of the coolest independent brands in New York City—Noah, Creatures of Comfort, No.6—and far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the chain-store fashion purgatory of SoHo for her to catch a glimpse of tranquility. When I meet her, the designer is in the middle of creating patterns for A Détacher’s next collection (she makes all of her own prints too),

  • Words:
    Tahirah Hairston
  • Photography:
    Zoltan Tombor
  • Hair & Makeup:
    Ashleigh Ciucci

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  • Words:
    Tahirah Hairston
  • Photography:
    Zoltan Tombor
  • Hair & Makeup:
    Ashleigh Ciucci
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