MADE IN NYC
Life is a series of experiences. Every experience in life, everything with which we have come in contact has been molding us, shaping us. Most of the time without noticing. At NACRE, we are strong believers that whatever we do or wherever we may be, everything is happening just the way it has been planned. And what is meant to be, will always find its way. Therefore, we are part of all we have encountered. All we have seen, heard, felt and experienced, was magically taking part of who we are now.
OUR DEEP LOVE, THE SEA
There's something about the ocean where we always seem to find peace and an infinite feeling of love. Something about the warmth of the sea and sun, and the ease of floating in the water that we can't seem to get enough of.
Even only from its surface, we can easily imagine a whole new world and the grand beauty that it withholds. With his mysterious splendor and calming music, we can never underestimate its healing power that we can't live without.
NACRE, or " mother of pearl " in English, represents the aesthetic behind our philosophy. Symbolizing quality, purity and timelessness, among others. Without forgetting its origin, the Ocean.
"A place of pure relaxation, rest and tranquility"
THE NACRE WOMAN
The NACRE woman is strong: she is confident in who she is and knows that she is loved. She has an open heart with an infinite generosity. She never wants to stop discovering, learning and growing. She appreciates all kinds of beauty and stays true to herself. She can indifferently be a CEO, wife, mother or lover but she will always remain, thoroughly a woman. At ease, she dresses for herself. She as a sophisticated sense of style where elegance and simplicity is an ultimate form of care, in all circumstances. Wherever she goes, she will be remembered.
We believe that beauty comes from within and can be measured by how big the heart is. Women embody gracefulness, elegance and power when they show kindness and courage all at once.
WHO IS NACRE
The beginning of NACRE voyage, came to be when two sisters embarked on a journey together. Both women share a deep love for fashion, which they learned from their mother. In addition to their bond, Emmanuelle's studies in architecture and business, Catherine's fashion background in design and communication played a big role in this synergy. Although their characters are opposite, their values and perspective on life are somehow identical.
From a young age, their dream was to create something that they would both be passionate about. Their highest objective is to give women a sense of empowerment by wearing a piece from NACRE. To embrace their individual beauty and embody who they are: free, independent, sophisticated, timeless, and unique.
THE BEGINNING OF A COLLECTION
When we begin the process of creation, inspiration comes in all forms. Memories from our travel, people we’ve crossed, places and sceneries, objects, feelings, movies, all leading to a single vision. And then, the journey starts. Slowly the sketches of a new collection or perhaps a “storyboard” with colors, prints, fabrics, details, movement is beginning to see the light.
The most exciting feeling in the process is to imagine that one day, women all over the world, will somehow experience a sense of joy by wearing those final garments.
Once all ideas have been gathered and a clear direction is establish, we start the pattern-making in the atelier. One of NACRE’s virtues is understanding the feminine silhouette and exploring all possibilities in order to please different shapes and sizes. With attention to details, each garment is crafted primarily around the fit and feel. We will do as many rounds of fitting to achieve what we believe is the perfect fit for each body type.
The second most important thing, is the quality of fabric our pieces would be sewn in. Our desire is to offer not only the best, but the very best. For choosing a swimwear fabric, we have established four key aspects; the right balance between stretch and support, the softness of the hand feel, the way it reacts in water and how fast it will dry. Our swim fabrics comes from an Italian mill where all prints are printed and colors dyed, especially for us. All of our linens is European and was carefully chosen for it’s beautiful weave and just the right degree of transparency and movement. As per our silk, having discovered its marvelous history, it could only come from today’s very best, Italy.
HISTORY OF SILK
Originally discovered in China, silk was at first reserved only for royalty. Gradually, it became a popular luxury fabric among the Chinese culture because of its texture and luster. At the time, silk was considered even more precious than gold. The Chinese realized the value of the exquisite material they were producing and kept its secret from the rest of the world for more than three thousand years. It was only around CE 550 that the secret of silk-making reached Europe.
By the 13th century, Italy had gained dominance and entered the hall of fame in silk history. Even now, silk processed (finished, dyed, printed) in the province of Como enjoys an esteemed reputation. Thus, all of our silks come and are being processed in that very same place.
THE PERFECT MATCH
Because all fabrics are custom printed and all solid colors are custom dyed, every print can match exactly its color associated. The idea is to offer a variation of coordinated looks for women to find everything they need going on a lovely getaway or maybe, simplifying the everyday life without compromising the desire to stay sophisticated.
With exclusive patterns and artwork drawn by Italian, Australian, and Parisian artists, all of them were designed to emphasize the feminine silhouette. In order to achieve this goal, each print had to be carefully scaled, printed, cut and sewn, one by one for every style. Making them unique. Subsequently, the NACRE style is built around the idea of freedom, as well as; purity of cut, handmade creations, exclusive designs, and richness of materials.