Texan sisters and design experts Susan Hable Smith and Katharine Hable Sweeney founded the NYC-based textiles company Hable Construction in 1999 – named after their great grandfather’s twentieth century road construction business. Paving roads of a different sort, the new generation of the family business merged their skills and talents with an updated sensibility, aiming to create artfully distinctive and utilitarian products for everyday living.
Katharine, a born saleswoman with professional experience working at Kate Spade and Polo Ralph Lauren; and Susan, an artist inspired by nature and the handmade aesthetic, decided a business partnership would be a harmonious marriage of the siblings’ talents.
The Hable sisters apply practicality, sophistication, and timelessness into their line of home and personal accessories. Bold, graphic patterns comprised of abstracted motifs dubbed with colorful, hand-drawn patterns are the hallmarks of the Hable aesthetic. The company’s products are made by skilled artisans who treat their work as a careful craft, employing traditional screen-printing procedures in an old New England factory. Furthering this principle, the company partnered with a Hungarian women’s cooperative in 2001 to produce a line of wool felt products utilizing a traditional hammer and chisel appliqué technique. Outside of the wool felt production, all Hable products are made in the U.S.
More than a decade after the business’ inception, Hable Construction continues to grow. Today, the company produces fabric lines, is represented in interior design showrooms worldwide, has international product distribution and operates an online shop. Overall success and recognition have also been made possibly by recent licensing opportunities with industry notables: Garnet Hill, Barney’s, Proctor & Gamble, and Neiman Marcus.