About Us

Cynthia Ivey Abitz, clothing designer, walks the beach with part of her shih tzu pack.
Cynthia Ivey Abitz, artist and clothing designer, walks the beach with part of her Shih Tzu pack.

What’s in a name?

Ivey Abitz
pronunciation: | ī’-vee ab’-bits |
The Story

The company comes from a desire to celebrate hope and beauty in everyday life. It is the creation of artist/designer Cynthia Ivey Abitz and her husband, Joshua Ivey Abitz. They believe art and good design makes everyday life better. Placing the elements that create fine art in a piece of clever clothing made complete sense to them. In a world saturated with bland, mass-produced, cookie-cutter clothing made by slave labour overseas, Ivey Abitz garments are set apart from the fast fashion rags clogging our landfills. They are thoughtfully designed, ethically made, and sewn to last.

Ivey Abitz garments can only be obtained through the Ivey Abitz studio and online through this website. All garments are designed by Cynthia Ivey Abitz. All photography is by Joshua Ivey Abitz. The garments are all sewn by talented Ivey Abitz tailors, right here in New York.

Cynthia and Joshua Ivey Abitz in the Ivey Abitz Studio F - "F" is for fabric!
Cynthia and Joshua Ivey Abitz in the Ivey Abitz Studio F – “F” is for fabric! March, 2020.

The Name

Ivey Abitz is a combination of Cynthia and Joshua’s last names. When they married in 1996, they took each other’s names instead of Cynthia just taking Joshua’s family name. This gesture of the utmost respect for one another is yet another reason why the “Ivey Abitz” name holds great meaning. Ivey Abitz came to fruition out of Cynthia and Josh’s love for art and design. The company flourishes because they want to spend their days working together and not apart. Their four-footed children (Shih Tzus, all rescued from puppy mills) and Camilla (feline extraordinaire, rescued from an animal shelter in 2006) offer daily assistance running the company.

Cynthia Ivey Abitz and her husband, Joshua Ivey Abitz, in their winter office, circa 2008.

Cynthia Ivey Abitz and her husband, Joshua Ivey Abitz, in their winter office, circa 2008.Philosophy

The Ivey Abitz collection gives a nod to the past whilst looking ahead to the future. It’s about art elements that you can actually wear. It’s about designs that cover and flatter the body. It’s anti-generic garb. It’s an aesthetic. It has hints of classic and historic design elements, yet it has a voice all its own. It’s a celebration of life by getting dressed in something rare and special every day. It’s a state of mind.

Sizing

An Ivey Abitz shirt ready to ship.
An Ivey Abitz shirt ready to ship.

Instead of having constricting sizing that you try to fit into, Ivey Abitz designs come in five sizes that adapt to fit you. Clever button tabs completely change the look and fit of a shirt in instant. Length options allow any height to wear the collection. If the versatile sizing does not quite work for you, Ivey Abitz is also a couturier that makes their designs to fit a person’s specific body measurements. Simply contact the studio with your requests.

Design Elements

The design elements are thoughtful and intricate but still have an ease about them. Women’s designs are feminine but not frilly. Men’s designs are masculine but not mundane. It’s a pleasant mix of nostalgia and avante garde that makes sense to the creative eye.

Fabric and Colour

The Ivey Abitz colour palette combines bold and sometimes subtle hues with strong lines, shapes,and textures found in landscapes and architecture. Fabric is gathered from England, Italy, France, India, and the United States to create a diverse collection. All of the fabric is hand picked by Cynthia Ivey Abitz herself.

Garment Details

The collection gives new life to 100-year-old buttons that haven’t seen light for decades. Buttons and embellishments are collected from Ivey Abitz’s search around the world for unique accoutrements. The majority of the antique buttons used in the current collection are from Prague, Paris, New York, and England.

French Seam and Fine Stitching – the Key to Fine Garment Construction

It’s about being able to open a jacket and thinking it’s just as stunning on the inside as the outside. All Ivey Abitz garments are finished with french seams and bound seams instead of serged edges, so your garments actually look just as refined on the inside as they do on the outside. Interior serged edges save construction time and expense, but the extra thread and bulk it creates next to the skin is unsightly and unnecessary. Ivey Abitz garments add unexpected details like fine, small stitching that not only looks more refined, but it makes the garment stronger. Hand cut binding is added to finish neck edges so they’re smooth against the body. It’s these extra details that set the Ivey Abitz collection apart from all other every day wear collections.

Made in the United States

Sewing on an Ivey Abitz label.
Sewing on an Ivey Abitz label.

All garments are made in the United States by professional and experienced tailors and seamstresses. Some have backgrounds in costume making for films and theater, and some have been masters of their sewing machines for over forty years. Pintucks have become a running joke between the seamstresses and Cynthia Ivey Abitz, as they know how much she loves pintucks, and she knows how long it takes to complete the pintuck adorned designs. But the respect between designer and tailor is yet another reason why Ivey Abitz works so well. That respect is sewn into each and every Ivey Abitz design.

Meaningful Process

It really does mean something, from beginning to end. Cynthia Ivey Abitz labours meticulously designing a collection to share with the world. Designs are debuted, then custom ordered by you. Tailors spend many weeks working on challenging details to create the designs, just for you. They are able to make a living wage by sewing clothing that is made right here in New York; they are people we know and admire. Rare antique buttons, Ivey Abitz labels, and special presentation wrappings are all put into place for the big send-off. Ivey Abitz wearable art arrives to your home, and you’re set with fine bespoke designs for every day.