Sisters Susan Hable Smith and Katharine Hable Sweeney founded the NYC-based textiles company Hable Construction in 1999. Named after their Texan great-grandfather’s 20th century road construction business, this new generation merged their expertise and talent to create distinctive and functional products for everyday living. Paving roads of a different sort, the Hable sisters have entered the 21st century as leaders in textile design while expanding their studio to create floor coverings, fine art, and custom work.
Katharine is the born sales professional and Susan is the artist. Together they combine practicality, sophistication, and timelessness into all of their work. Operating on the belief that the layering of color, texture, and form inspires, Hable Construction creates bold and graphic designs dubbed with colorful, hand-drawn patterns that have become the hallmark of their aesthetic. All Hable products are created by skilled artists and artisans, employing traditional screen-printing procedures for their fabrics in an old New England factory as well as utilizing a North Carolina factory that has created rugs for generations.
More than a decade after their inception, Hable Construction continues to grow. Today the company produces fabric and rug lines, fine art, has representation in interior design showrooms worldwide, enjoys international product distribution, and operates an online shop.
L-R: Katharine Hable Sweeney & Susan Hable Smith
Born and raised in Corsicana, Texas, Katharine Hable Sweeney resides in Brooklyn, NY and is the entrepreneurial force behind Hable Construction.With an academic foundation in journalism and marketing, Katharine refined her expertise at PoloRalph Lauren and Kate Spade prior to collaborating with her sister Susan on Hable Construction. Intelligent and determined, Katharine facilitated the formation of their business as the next logical step in a family of independent and hardworking women.
Born and raised in Corsicana, Texas, Susan Hable Smith resides in Athens, Georgia and is the artist and designer behind the boldly colored and hand drawn patterns of Hable Construction Design Studio.Susan has a fine art education with experience in collage, sculpture, welding, drawing, printmaking, and painting. Most recognized by her sensibility with color and form, she’s honed an aesthetic that’s timeless. Inspired by travels to Italy, Asia, and South America as well as her garden and community, Susan’s work has a global appeal with an intimate presence.