Abi Ferrin is best known for her ingenious take on unstructured fashion: the five-way ?Nikki? dress.

For years, her versatile, flowing fabrics have been de rigueur for the Park Cities to River Crest social sets. But now the Dallas designer is extending her profile outside the area with an international partnership called the Freedom Project Collection. The work is a collaboration between Ferrin and Sak Saum, a Cambodian brand that focuses on making better lives for exploited women and men in that region.

From lace clutches ($85) to a cotton Sak Saum take on the five-way T-shirt ($75), the handmade collection retains Ferrin?s breezy touch but features lighter fabrics and a broader appeal. Gone is the designer?s signature desk-to-dinner urban focus. Instead, the emphasis is on more universal necessities, including what may be the best baby-shower gift in recent memory: the Mommy and Baby Package (nursing cover, journal, silk baby booties, crocheted hat and a diaper bag, $82).

With cotton, lace and silk in plentiful order, the collection seems a sure fit for our current weather--not to mention our closets.

Abi Ferrin, abiferrin.com/freedomproject

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