Sandy Starkman has been everywhere and knows everyone. A designer by instinct as well as by profession, he has crafted his life, informed always by a profound spirituality and a simple mantra. The spirituality is exemplified in Sandy’s Christian Science faith, leavened by the Hinduism of his second home land, India, and nurtured by the million beliefs that flow into and out of what Sandy sees as a universal spirit. The simple mantra is his mother’s teaching that ” everyone is the same, so treat everyone equally.”
All of this las made Sandy ready at all times to receive whatever comes his way – whether it’s traveling to Peru to work with anonymous craftsmen in the Andes, or meeting M.I Pei on the street corner and being brought home for tea, or spending six astonishing months on location as Creative Director for Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo, watching the extraordinary cast member and the thousands of extras and crew go absolutely crazy in every way – and finding at all both stimulating and spiritual. it is why he is friends with some of the most famous celebrities in the worlds of film, fashion, humanitarianism, politics, medicine, and haute cuisine and why he has never entirely left Brooklyn. It is the basis of his designs of clothing for men and woman. of gardens, toys, environments, and home furnishings and the reason his work is so accessible to so many
Successful design is continually self-renewing, and successful designers continually reinvent themselves. Sandy Starkman, a legendarily successful designer-the Starman Sweater, Starkman Knitwear, Starkman Ready-to-Wear, etc.- now turn his hand to the creation of a lifestyle collection. The collection includes home furnishings-bedding, plates and flatware, carpets, cushions, and more. It also includes skin care products specially developed by Sandy Starkman in a medically authorized laboratory in Florida; the formula derives from tested-red-tea-ingredients. The Starkman Lifestyles collection will be marketed in department stores and specialty shops and in Starkman-dessigned lifestyle shops-multicultural environments that offer both a showcase from the products and a place where customers can spend time as well as money.
The collection will be marked by the same quality concepts that have always distinguished the Starkman label: innovation, a flair for color, being a season ahead of the trend, a unique ability to resource quality merchandise from South America, the Orient , and above all India, and the kind of price value the ensures salability. In a single year featuring as many as ten Neiman-Marcus catalogues, Starkman designs were on the cover eight times, and from Neiman’s to Saks Fifth Avenue to Nordstrom’s to Macy’s to Boston Proper to Anthropologie to QVC, sell-through has always been a Starkman standard.
A citizen of the world who has lived abroad for protracted periods, connecting with and influences by artists, artisans, and craftspeople the world over, Starkman has incorporated these influenced by into his own designs while establishing a network of long-term relationships with the people and places that supply quality products and resources.
He is particularly noted for the development of Ikat designs and for the printings of fabrics he designed in collaboration with international studios and brought out of India and other countries. The range goes from 26-color digital prints to hand-blocked printing.
Qual;iy is essential-whether Starkman is producing exotic designs and successfully sourcing their manufacture, hosting a celebrity event to advance a charity, working with kids in programs he created at the MOMA, the Museum of Art and Design, or the Women’s Museum of the Arts in India. It’s also part of the foundation he has created, Global India, bringing continuous employment to people of India’s rural villages.
“Quality doesn’t just sell; it sells out”