Prior to launching her namesake design studio, Chilewich, in 1997, Sandy was a primary force at HUE, the hosiery company she cofounded with Kathy Moskal in 1978. HUE was credited with revolutionizing the legwear market with its innovations in design, packaging and merchandising. The company was sold in 1991, and Sandy stayed on as co-president until 1994. The brand continues to thrive today.
In the first years after HUE, Chilewich continued to explore her fascination with materials and textiles. She introduced the highly successful RayBowl™, her studio’s first effort, in 1997. The design, which features a metal frame covered with stretch netting typically used in lingerie, incorporates a simple, inventive mechanism to hold the fabric in a concave plane. The RayBowl, RayTray and RayBoxes were awarded utility patents and numerous awards.
In a quest for other suitable fabrics to incorporate into the RayBowl, she stumbled upon woven extruded yarns and fell in love with what she believed was a completely underutilized textile. It didn’t work for the bowls. However, where others saw just one material among many, Chilewich saw an opportunity for a new business.
This brings us full circle… Made almost exclusively in the U.S., Chilewich now finishes 95% of their products in their own manufacturing facility in Georgia. All of the award-winning products from Chilewich | Sultan LLC are sold throughout the world.