Kiefer, middle, owner of Lane-Knight boutique, and
Daniel, left, and Stephanie Wright of W Durable
Goods, have come together to create an accessories
line that is well-received by consumers.
the fashion world, creativity and collaboration go
together like needle and thread. Ever since legendary
couturier Elsa Schiaparelli and pal Salvador Dali won
rave reviews for their stiletto hat in the ’30s,
designers and retailers have realized the power of
teamwork to push aesthetic boundaries and inspire buyers
to splurge on something they’ve never seen before.
sure to be the case with a new accessories collection,
the result of a collaboration between two of Fort Worth’s
most successful fashion entrepreneurs: boutique owner
Dawn Keifer and accessories designer Daniel Wright.
all began this summer when Keifer approached Wright
about bringing his vintage-inspired leather goods line,
W Durable Goods, to the shelves of her West 7th
boutique, Lane-Knight. She’d long admired the duffels,
Dopp kits and totes handcrafted by Wright and his wife,
Stephanie. But the line already was available at several
local retailers, including the Wrights’ own Northside
shop. Keifer knew her customers would be expecting her
to carry something they couldn’t find anywhere else. A
collaboration was the natural solution.
was a first for both, but they embraced the process.
"Our products have always been unisex, but this was
an opportunity to take them in a more feminine, more
refined direction," Wright says. For Keifer, who
once was involved with product design as a buyer for
Pier 1 Imports before building the Lane-Knight website
and brick-and-mortar store, the chance to create
something from scratch was "pure fun."
piece in the collection bears an embossed leather tag
with a specially designed logo and the brand
"Lane-Knight + W Durable Goods," and each of
the styles — clutch, bucket bag, tote and weekender
duffel — is a true mixture of each maker. The bags
incorporate leather, waxed twill and canvas — all
hallmarks of Wright designs.
Durable Goods has earned a following, even catching the
eye of homekeeping maven Martha Stewart, who named the
Fort Worth company a design finalist for her 2014
American Made Awards.
also are plenty of details that Keifer’s Lane-Knight
clients covet — tassels, knots, brass hardware and
sumptuous textures. Each bag is fully lined in striped
cotton denim, an extra step both felt was necessary to
underscore the quality of the bags. Wright also created
a distinctive new handle design, one of his favorite
elements of the line.
design of each bag was clearly influenced by fall.
Silhouette styles are current (especially the bucket
design, which Keifer considers emerging and
easy-to-carry). The palette includes autumnal colors of
red, tan, olive and brown, which means Keifer and Wright
are hoping there will be more added to the collection
for next season.