Market Watch: JF & Son

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It's always nice to see younger designers grow and evolve over the years. That's how I feel about JF & Son, the line formed a couple years ago by Jesse Finkelstein and Katie King. I met the designers back in 2009 and was impressed by their fabrics; at the time they had their own studio and factory in India. Now, they've expanded to a factory in China and, potentially, will soon have one right here in the States. 

Jesse told me they use Indian and Chinese labor because of the skill; the embroidery and fabrics are superior to what one can find elsewhere. And that talent shows in the fabrics JF & Son uses in its clothes.

At the label's month-old shop on University Place in Manhattan (another indication of growing up—they started out on the Lower East Side), Jesse walked me through the new collection and their new collaboration with industrial designer Kevin McElroy. The end result is Cuts, a line of laser-cut linen, denim, silk, and even leather that's chic, pretty, and very cool.

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One of my favorite pieces was the Sac Skirt, a deep violet leather ($528) that you could ostensibly wear year-round. Pair it with a light top for warm days or gray suede boots and a jacket for dreary cold ones.

They also had shorts that were singed just so ($364), creating a one-of-a-kind look.

The duo has expanded into home, with a line of pillows, quilts, and custom upholstery, and has a monthly artist collaboration. What's next? A doggy line, Jesse joked.

He kids, but we wouldn't be surprised to see laser-cut puppy parkas next season.

Cut is available in store now at 56 University Place, New York, N.Y., 212-343-3131;