Hout—looking super chic in a long black silk skirt, blouse and blazer, all from the collection—talked me through the line, for which the pair drew inspiration from artists Ruth Root, Agnes Barley and David Hockney. For spring there's an impressive array of silhouettes, veering from va-va-voom (a bustier bodysuit) to more forgiving ones (palazzo pants) and standards (boyfriend blazer, maxi dress). "We toyed with the premise, 'If I had to wear one color all season, what would it be?'" says Hout; this means the requisite black and taupe—plenty of that in the pile atop my bed—along with dusty rose, tangerine, and a stunning emerald green. With twenty-five silhouettes in three to four colors each, and most pieces under $600, it's a concept with legs: one can pick up a blazer and pleated short for fall, and plan on adding a blouse for spring. The women swear that each season's colors will work well against the previous ones.
For more information, see apieceapart.com. The line is also sold at Jumelle and Kick Pleat in New York.