When Swaim and Christina Hutson, the husband-and-wife duo behind hip tailored men’s wear label Obedient Sons, decided to delve into women’s wear two seasons ago, the new collection practically named itself. “We came up with Daughters. It made sense,” says Swaim, a North Carolina native who started Obedient Sons in 2002 and relaunched it with Christina on a much larger scale for fall 2007. Like its name, Daughters—beautiful, smart classics with a bit of downtown cool—is a natural extension of Obedient Sons. “I was designing the men’s collection, and that’s how I like to dress,” says Christina, who codesigns with Swaim. “I think and hope that there are people like me who want tailored pieces that aren’t necessarily boy fit.” Incidentally, the New York couple has another daughter, 18-month-old Lowe, to thank for a photo-shoot experience unlike that of the other designers. Not only were they the lone family on location, but little Lowe also dictated the couple’s accommodations. “Everyone else was at the Standard, which didn’t allow kids under the age of 14,” says Swaim. “So Granny and Gramps were over at the Shore Club.” —Jessica Iredale
[Left] Alexis Mabille. Stetson hat.
[Right] Standing, from left: Daughters’ Swaim and Christina Hutson with their daughter, Lowe. Sitting, from left: Daughters’ cotton waistcoat and shirt; wool jacket, cotton shirt and wool pants; cotton shirt and wool shorts, obedientsons.com. Daughters scarf.