November 02 2011
I have to admit that when I first met Karen Scofield, I was slightly cynical about her new project. An American in London with her City-based husband, she was setting up a new website for luxury at-home clothing and, as I ran through in my mind the well-known names in this area, I wondered if there really was a market gap, despite her assertion that she personally could not find top-quality pieces to relax in.
Two seasons on, I not only realise that she was right, I have become a huge fan of her Lucza brand. “Luxury” is a much over-used word, but Scofield meant it: the fabrics, especially the heavy and surprisingly uncrushable silk satin and the new cashmere-mix knits, are divinely smooth and soft – you can’t help but exhale as soon as you put them on. She also uses great common sense to give clients what they need without realising it – silk or soft jersey tops come with built-in support so you don’t need restrictive underwear that might stop you relaxing, there are well-cut trousers in several shapes to suit different figures, and she keeps shapes simple and neutral so they can be mixed and layered – autumn’s new mink or grey meld perfectly with the existing champagne, white, black and teal.
My own favourite piece is a silk satin peasant top with silk cord tie (pictured, £175), which has been everywhere from a beach cocktail to a supper party at home (it’s too grand for slumping in front of the TV, at least in my life), and it will look as good in the winter with the new cigarette pants (£220) as it has with wider summer trousers. The pants, in turn, will go with the new, ultra-luxe cashmere-mix cable sweater (£280) that I’m buying next. And, even better for a range that is all about de-stressing, it arrives with no effort on my part, beautifully packaged and with none of the hassle of the high street.