By Alexina Prather
Photos: Stephanie Zhang
Winter in the city of Boston can be a cold season full of icy winds and freezing temperatures. Weather this harsh can make it challenging to stay warm and stay fashionable. Cold exposed faces, fingers that feel as though they may fall off from the cold, and red ears stinging from the blowing winds can all be saved with the knitted wool accessories from The Third Piece.
The Third Piece is a line of luxury handmade knit accessories that can protect you from Boston’s winter weather. With the collaboration of Carina Donoso, the founder and creative director, and Kristen Lambert, the founder and CEO, The Third Piece has created some beautifully crafted and intellectually designed accessories that are a must have for the winter season. A number of the pieces were on display in a trunk show at The Bar Method last Thursday.
The chunky knitted pieces made from the finest wool fabrics range in colors as much as they range in options. The Third Piece has designed gloves, hats, scarves, and more, although none of these accessories are what you might picture. They all have some type of funky twist. For example the scarves have handy pockets and hoods to keep you warm. The gloves leave your fingertips free to make certain tasks easier. Everything is designed to interest the buyer and make a fashion statement, while keeping the wearer snug and warm.
Carina has been knitting since the age thirteen. Carina also works at a clothing boutique on Newbury Street and is also a personal stylist. She loves making and creating other crafts but knitting is what she loves to do most. Carina called the pieces on sale at a trunk show at The Bar Method’s studio their “playground of knits,” or in other words the pieces that they like to experiment with. This was obvious by the variety of styles and different ways in which to stay warm. Carina hopes to keep accessories as their main products, as that is what she calls their signature look.
Kristen handles the business side of The Third Piece. She works with venders, the legal work, and various administrative items needed for the business. The group recently signed with Christina Pierce, a boutique fashion agency, whom has helped with expanding their business and getting their name out there. They eventually hope to expand and sell their pieces in boutiques around the city.
Their name, The Third Piece, originated from the idea that a third piece to your outfit is the piece that completes the look, and the piece that you should never leave your house without. These two women have come together and used their personal talents to create a beautiful and warm business. All of their products are made by hand, and they sell pieces that will appeal to every woman. Although it may be easy to bundle under layers of ugly coats and sweaters, it is just as easy to stay stylish and warm if you look in the right places. The Third Piece sells the accessories that every woman in Boston should own in order to keep warm and stay stylish.
The Bar Method is also offering a new client special: New clients will get two free weeks of unlimited classes if they sign up and take their first class in February.