“New Office” Dressing: The Wing, D.C.

“New Office” Dressing:
The Wing, D.C.

Whether a dedicated cubicle, local coffee shop or co-working space—the idea of a “traditional” office environment is undergoing a dramatic shift.

To complement these dynamic workplaces, we’ve taken conscious steps towards redefining the modern 9-5 wardrobe—designing essential pieces that beautifully blur the line between work and weekend. By challenging the existing notions of how she dresses for work, we reveal a woman who is multi-faceted, discerning and driven.

In perhaps our most anticipated collaboration to date, we partnered with Meredith Koop, the advisor and stylist to Michelle Obama, and The Wing, Washington D.C.’s female-only co-working space. We consulted with Koop to concept and dress an inclusive group of women who call The Wing their “working” home, Koop’s sensible yet fashion-forward aesthetic beautifully mirrors our own.

Designed by Cuyana, styled by Koop and conceived by both—welcome to “New Office” dressing.

Shoes styled in partnership with Tamara Mellon and Koio.

Yene Damtew

Hairstylist + Salon Owner

A self-professed ‘girl on the go,’ Damtew prides herself on educating and mentoring her fellow beauty industry professionals. First establishing herself as one of the personal hairstylists to the Obama family, today she continues to work with high-profile clientele out of D.C. Darker colors—like our Silk Band Collar Shirt in black—suit her perfectly on days she works with clients. Come weekend, she prefers a tried-and-true blouse, jeans and heels ensemble.

Cute, comfortable and chic—these are the very words Damtew uses to describe her personal wardrobe motto. Our 3-in-1 Mini Bag, pictured here in caramel, embodies all three with signature Cuyana charm. A multi-tasking masterpiece, it easily transitions into a clutch, shoulder bag or belt bag, depending on her preference.
“To me, ‘New Office’ means mobility, flexibility and sharing. Traditional offices have never been for me, but now more than ever a shared space makes the most sense. You meet people with different experiences and this exposure can allow for some real change in our world.” – Yene Damtew

Soumeya Benghanem

Chief Product Officer + Founder, Strategy & Action

As an engineering graduate turned CEO of a technology consulting firm, Benghanem is a force to be reckoned with. Passionate about tech entrepreneurship, she’s a strong proponent of women’s rights—encouraging them to start and build successful products of their own. While a darker color palette appeals to her daily style pursuits, she loves experimenting with colorful jewelry—unafraid to layer and stack. Come weekend, comfort is top of mind—opting for jeans or athleisure pants paired with long-sleeve tops.

Clean and streamlined, Benghanem prefers to keep her clothing style uncomplicated. “The Silk Shirt Dress is my absolute favorite. I could literally wear it every day, and to everything I do—except yoga.” Our Tall Structured Tote takes her accessory arsenal up a notch thanks to a built-in sleeve, which seamlessly fits her 15-inch laptop and anything else she might need.
Soumeya Benghanem defines ‘New Office’ dressing as freedom from any ‘must.’ She interprets it as dressing how she feels—not how someone else tells her to be. Forgoing the traditional suit, our leather Trapeze Satchel steps in to give your look a modern edge. Ideal for 9-5 and beyond, details include snaps along the sides to change the silhouette, sturdy handles for daily excursions and a crossbody strap for easy versatility.

Sarween Salih

Owner of S3 Active

A true advocate for all things wellness, Salih is the proud founder of S3 Active, a boutique wellness concept that combines mindfulness, fitness and retail. She describes her weekend style as ‘curated and sophisticated’ yet ‘practical and utilitarian.’ To complement her fluid lifestyle, she prefers her clothing does the same. Given her penchant for monochromatic colors (black, white and the occasional neutral), she often imbues playfulness through non-traditional elements such as texture, proportion and function.

“For me, the ‘New Office’ is a co-working space or coffee shop. As a sole business owner going through the funding process, there are many times where I feel like I’m on an island, so The Wing has been a game changer during this phase—allowing me to work but also to build my network with other female professionals. And, you can dress however you like!” – Sarween Salih

Kristin Jones

Co-Founder + Partner, Inside Projects

Originally from Los Angeles, Jones began her consulting firm, Inside Projects, after working as a White House staffer for eight years during the Obama administration. Now an active member of The Wing, her passion project focuses on new market openings and building a community where women can thrive in business, creativity, philanthropy and the like. Her self-professed weekday style is ‘elevated casual,’ which consists of flouncy dresses and/or dark denim skinny jeans paired with an oversized sweater or top. Her take on our Silk Slip Dress? Wonderfully versatile, easily transitioning from casual to professional with the help of a statement accessory or shoe.

“As I build my own brand, I am constantly on-the-go and in a state of transition. I am working early mornings, late nights and weekends—typically from The Wing! Co-working spaces cater to a shift in our culture that allows me to work from anywhere, anytime. For me, the ‘New Office’ represents limitless possibilities for success.” – Kristin Jones

For Women, By Women

Imported from New York City, The Wing D.C. first opened its doors earlier this year in the historic Georgetown neighborhood. Their mission? To advance the professional, civic, social and economic opportunities for women—through community. With plans already underway for six new locations, this female-only space is where new ideas and conversations continuously take place, propelling womankind forward.

The beauty of The Wing is that no working day is the same for every woman. At times she may need to be fast on her feet to meet a potential client or to attend a last-minute dinner invite. Our Mini Saddle Bag, in caramel, takes her there in style. Roomy enough for her iPhone and other essentials, the adjustable crossbody strap is ideal for spontaneous pursuits.

Meredith Koop

As Michelle Obama's Stylist, Meredith Koop embraces fashion as a compelling form of communication and has redefined style to be more inclusive and thoughtfully modern.

Yene Damtew is wearing:
Navy
oxblood
  • navy
  • black
  • oxblood

Ponte Oversized Top

Viscose Blend,
$135
Made in Portugal
White
black
  • navy
  • black
  • white

Silk Band Collar Shirt

Crepe De Chine Silk,
$185
Made in China
Heather Grey
heather grey
  • navy
  • heather grey
  • black
  • white

Classic V-Neck Tee

100% Pima Cotton,
$45
Made in Peru
Ecru
heather grey
  • heather grey
  • black
  • ecru

Ribbed Open-Back Sweater

Wool Cashmere,
$175
Made in Italy
Stone
caramel
  • black
  • stone
  • caramel

3-in-1 Mini Bag

Pebbled & Smooth Leather,
$175
Made in Turkey

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Charcoal
charcoal
  • black
  • sand
  • charcoal

Cashmere Beanie

100% Italian Cashmere,
$95
Made in Italy
Soumeya Benghanem is wearing:
Navy
navy
  • navy
  • black

Silk Shirt Dress

Crepe De Chine Silk,
$245
Made in China
Blush
light grey
  • black
  • light grey
  • blush

Merino Cashmere V-Neck Sweater

Merino Wool Cashmere Blend,
$170
Made in Italy
Oatmeal
black
  • beige
  • black
  • light heather grey

Open Cashmere Cardigan

100% Italian Cashmere,
$225
Made in Italy
Black
white
  • navy
  • black
  • white

Silk Tee

3 Ply Crepe Silk,
$155
Made in the United States
Burgundy
stone
  • black
  • blush
  • stone
  • burgundy
  • caramel

Tall Structured Leather Tote

Pebbled Leather,
$215
Made in Turkey

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Black
stone
  • black
  • stone
  • burgundy

Trapeze Satchel

Pebbled Leather,
$395
Made in Turkey

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Sarween Salih is wearing:
Oatmeal
light heather grey
  • beige
  • black
  • light heather grey

Open Cashmere Cardigan

100% Italian Cashmere,
$225
Made in Italy
White
white
  • navy
  • black
  • white

Silk Band Collar Shirt

Crepe De Chine Silk,
$185
Made in China
Terracotta
black
  • rust
  • black
  • blush
  • lipstick

Silk Slip Dress

Crepe De Chine Silk,
$260
Made in the United States
Black
charcoal
  • black
  • camel
  • charcoal

Baby Alpaca Oversized Turtleneck Sweater

100% Baby Alpaca,
$195
Black
black
  • black

Ponte Legging Pant

Viscose Blend,
$145
Made in Portugal
Burgundy
black
  • black
  • blush
  • stone
  • burgundy
  • caramel

Tall Structured Leather Tote

Pebbled Leather,
$215
Made in Turkey

Personalize this piece in your cart.

Blush
black
  • black
  • blush
  • stone
  • burgundy
  • caramel

Work Clutch

Pebbled Leather,
$105
Made in Turkey

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Kristin Jones is wearing:
Terracotta
rust
  • rust
  • black
  • blush
  • lipstick

Silk Slip Dress

Crepe De Chine Silk,
$260
Made in the United States
Black
white
  • navy
  • heather grey
  • black
  • navy stripe
  • white

Classic Crewneck Tee

100% Pima Cotton,
$45
Made in Peru
Heather Grey
black
  • navy
  • heather grey
  • black
  • white

Classic V-Neck Tee

100% Pima Cotton,
$45
Made in Peru
Navy
black
  • navy
  • black

Ponte Long Sleeve Dress

Viscose Blend,
$175
Made in Portugal
Caramel
black
  • black
  • stone
  • caramel

Large Leather Backpack

Pebbled Leather,
$425
Made in Italy
Black
caramel
  • nude
  • black
  • burgundy
  • caramel

Saddle Bag

Smooth Leather,
$295
Made in Italy