Girls Will Be Boys: Lilian Asterfield’s Upcycled Neckties Bring Romance to the Boardroom

Lilian Asterfield upcycled necktie

How’s this for taking the perennial menswear-inspired trend literally? Boston-based designer Nicole Deponte hijacks vintage silk and poly neckties and reinterprets them for a decidedly more feminine form, with a range of one-of-a-kind vests, ascots, necklaces, and obi belts that are at once romantic and avant-garde—hardly the stuff of suits.

Lilian Asterfield upcycled necktie

Deponte’s Lilian Asterfield collection, which launched only a year ago, is replete with layers of exquisite details: hand-ruched corners, hand-painted vintage lace, clusters of antique buttons, beaded wire, and feathers. The almost-sculptural nature of her statement pieces is hardly coincidental—Deponte has a B.F.A. in sculpture from the Massachusetts College Of Art.

Her upcycled neckties are at once romantic and avant-garde—hardly the stuff of suits.

Perhaps the best way to describe Lilian Asterfield is in Deponte’s own words: A label that “embodies the independent spirit of an English country manor, wild adventures in the forest, horseback rides, scraped knees hidden by billowing skirts atop laced boots, and a tumbleweed of raven hair.”

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