We all have our obsessions leading to collections that we treasure. My art obsession is found in the world of fashion, specifically one-of-a-kind shawls beautifully crafted from vintage pieces.

My compulsion for these beautiful works of art began by meeting the beautiful woman behind them. Lisa Natt was introduced to me by my friend Laura Vinroot Poole, owner of Capitol Charlotte.

Lisa founded SOLA in Chelsea, NYC in 1996, and like Laura, she has the wonderful ability of finding, launching and establishing emerging global designers . Lisa’s primary focus is representing designers who set the bar for superior craftsmanship, especially when it comes to exquisite scarves, shawls, jewelry, handbags and other one-of-a-kind pieces, some having been reworked from vintage collections from around the world.

In addition to her talent and unique business, she has become a great friend and we love catching up at every opportunity. She is another busy working mom of two gorgeous children, a set of twins: boy and girl. Yes, everything she does is unique!

Her love of gorgeous fabrics, jewels, beading, color combinations and other unusual mixes that make magnificent wearable art carries over into her home interior design business. You can enjoy seeing some of her breath-taking room creations at her website, here

I admire all that Lisa does…the jewelry, bags, interior design, and more, but my biggest obsession is her shawls. I will admit that I have THREE chests of drawers filled with these treasures. They are timeless and can transform any outfit into something elegant or distinctive or both.

It almost doesn’t matter what you have on underneath the beautiful draped shawls. I wear them with everything from jeans to business attire to formals. During warm months they are just the right light covering and in the winter, they add an extra layer of warmth and style. Those qualities make them such a wonderful value that can be enjoyed for generations.

My most favorite shawls seem to be those by Janavi and Bajra. Some are hand woven in cashmere, silk or wool and hand-dyed in endless colors. Others are made from vintage fabrics embellished with Chantilly lace, semi-precious stones, Swarovski crystals and gold threads. All are in hues of nature. The color combinations inspire my clothing choices encouraging me to put together pieces I may not have tried.

I still have not mastered Lisa’s technique of draping her amazing shawls perfectly, but thankfully their intricate beading, embroidery, luxurious fabrics and gorgeous combination of colors make up for my lack of that skill. I throw them on over anything and everything and they make it all better.

You can see more of Lisa’s collections at solasr.com. 

Tell Me: How do you accessorize with your shawls for spring?