January 30, 2023

Springswines

The Tour And Travel Enthusiasts

Sandeep Salter Takes a Family Trip to Italy With Her New Collection of Breezy Summer Dresses

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Sandeep Salter Takes a Family Trip to Italy With Her New Collection of Breezy Summer Dresses

Photo: Courtesy of Salter House

London-born, Brooklyn-based Sandeep Salter and her husband Carson opened their cafe and sustainable housewares shop, Salter House, in 2018. Over time, they expanded into designing and developing their own collections in-house, with a special focus on clothing. “As my designs and artist collaborations have become more central, we now think of the project as a design ‘house’ for clothing and home objects,” explains Sandeep. The evolution made sense, given that their shops (Salter House joined Picture Room, an art shop and gallery) have become a hamlet for their close-knit community of friends and neighbors to come together and blend their professional, familial and creative pursuits.

For their in-house collection, the Salters collaborate with generations-old makers from all over the world, namely Italy, like Rampini Ceramics for their new line of ceramic tablewares and Atelier Bomba for one-of-a-kind tailored knitwear, which they’ll be launching later this year. “Connecting with these makers is important, but also just learning about the generations-old retail businesses is incredibly inspiring,” says Sandeep. In April, the couple, along with their two young daughters, Lowe and Eta, decided to take a road trip from Rome to Venice in seven days, visiting Salter House makers and collaborators, before meandering to join their friends in Venice to celebrate their artwork at the Biennale. “We hope for a long game with Salter House, and so it was both grounding and motivating to see how businesses that have spanned centuries continue to produce good work and have carved out a niche for themselves,” Sandeep adds.

Work and family life has always been fluid for the couple, as Sandeep has been bringing her daughters along to studio visits and meetings since they were nursing. But as their first trip with their daughters abroad since the pandemic, this one felt particularly momentous. “My greatest defense against angsty kids is food, so we planned our days and travels around our meals,” Sandeep says. “My girls are 6 and 9; my eldest was a real trooper—she can keep up with the late nights and the long walks home!”

Sandeep packed perfectly for the temperamental spring weather, including many of the pieces from their new summer collection that were easy to layer and mix, as well as the studio coat (which is coming back in an upgraded version later in June). The collection is made from Japanese organic cotton and Liberty London tana lawn cotton, which makes for a lightweight, versatile and efficient travel wardrobe. “I packed my Emme Parsons leather flats and MNZ black pumps for evenings; I can cover a lot of ground in those shoes!”

Below, Sandeep Salter shares her seven-day travel diary through Italy.