Designer Greg Chait: Ready for his close-up?
Designer Greg Chait: Ready for his close-up?

When Greg Chait won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award in New York City last month, the man behind the Elder Statesman line of ultra-luxury cashmere knits — think $5,525 blankets, $1,890 belted cardigan sweaters and $380 ski caps — was practically unknown outside the fashion industry. And he was only slightly better known within it. "That's because I don't talk unless I have something to say," Chait says, sitting behind the wooden table that doubles as a desk in his tiny West Hollywood office/atelier — the exact location of which he'd rather not divulge. "I want the stuff to speak for itself." There are other reasons too. Among them are...