En route via public transportation, you send strangers the stink eye so they don’t get chatty. But ice princesses beware: Strangers can open a whole new world. Just ask the founders of new luxe scarf company Leigh & Luca, who connected on a NYC subway platform (over a scarf, mais oui). Now the duo is designing oversize rectangular and square pieces, which double as sarongs, wraps, and travel blankets. Cashmere, silk, and cotton are hand-woven on century-old wooden looms in India then gussied up with hand printing and embroidery. And while the craftsmanship is old school, the nine patterns are playfully modern in a palette of perfect neutrals (blacks, greens, and creams). Each motif is made in limited-edition batches, so you can rest assured that you have a piece of coveted, wearable art. And for that you can thank the business of strangers. Available online at leighluca.com.