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The Team

Stacy Charles

Stacy Charles seemingly grew up in the yarn industry. He began in the hand knitting business working for his Uncle Sam and Aunt Irma. He then conquered the industrial yarn and fabric business supplying the ready to wear designers in New York’s garment center. Some years later, Stacy’s love of European fashion and knitting inspired him to start his own eponymous yarn company, importing the prestigious Filatura di Crosa line for the American market, along with countless designer labels, most notably MISSONI and Valentino.
Stacy's passion about knitting, his love of fiber, and his fashion inspiration continue to this day. “I start every season with a fresh approach, and each yarn I create is precious like a newborn baby”. Each yarn is incredibly important to him. He dedicates an inordinate amount of time in research and development. His knowledge of quality raw materials as well as the spinning mills he works with are the finest in the world. He wants his clients to feel each and every yarn he produces- “feel the difference” “once you try one of our yarns- you will understand the difference in the hand feel of the yarn to the finished garment on your body.


Lidia Karabinech

String would not be String without Lidia! Lidia joined String about a month before we opened in Fall 2002. As our in-house designer, Lidia has designed at least a garment a month for String for the last 11 years, not to mention writing hundreds of custom patterns. Lidia also oversees our finishing services, and she works her magic to make each of our customer's pieces look couture.  In addition to Lidia's designs for String, she has published extensively in Vogue Knitting, Interweave, and several books.


Lisa Hoffman

Lisa is our instructor extraordinaire! Since she joined us on a part time basis in 2007, Lisa has developed a number of very special courses, most notable of which is our annual Summer Camp Design Workshop, and Lisa's innovative Directed Knitting. And Lisa too is a well published designer with designs published in Vogue Knitting, Interweave, and TSC pattern books. Lisa has also done a number of well loved designs for String including our fabulous sampler blanket.


Whitney Spivey

Whitney joined the team with String's move to the 74th street location and has had a lifelong love of fiber arts including knitting and crochet. Her background in fine art and photography gives her a unique perspective and eye for detail.