A Cashmere Counterculture

After years of living in the midst of fashion creativity in Paris, designers Terry-Ann Frencken and Nathalie Berger design knits intended to meet the needs of mountain living – with a wink to the seductive feel of cashmere on the (naked) body.

From Rick Owens to Schönenberger, the duo have cut their teeth at houses renowned for luxury on the edge. Today, their portmanteau label, Frenckenberger combines their deep industry expertise with a free-spirited approach to dressing.

Taking inspiration from the designer’s photoshoots with Terry-Ann’s horse, we explored the wilds of Switzerland to find Silvaplana – a beautiful chain of lakes surrounded by picturesque rocky peaks.

Made from the softest Mongolian cashmere, Frenckenberger’s collections are created with utility in mind – nubby sweaters cut at the hip, oversized jackets to wear like shawls and sweeping cardigans as cozy as they are classical.

The studio, at its core, is a touch rock-and-roll. A selection of felted hats reminiscent of old-school fedoras, in both classic taupe and peacock blue, are a subtle nod to Terry-Ann and Nathalie’s haute-couture roots.

The Matterhorn stretches above the hamlet of Findeln in Zermatt, Switzerland. Chilled winds rolling down the mountain’s peaks reminds us that cashmere is a winter necessity.

While these pieces hold the splendor of their more formal cousins, and certainly garner the same textural adoration, think of Frenckenberger’s cashmere as the rebel of the family. With inspiration taken from counterculture and a cool sophistication born from lived experience, Terry-Ann and Nathalie’s designs are stylish and easy. And, as luxurious as this textile feels against the skin, these are pieces to live, love and feel totally liberated in – pairing best with wild hair, wild adventures and a wild attitude.

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