Singular Couture was founded unexpectedly by artist Sarah Nolan in 2015. Before going to a high level luncheon where a female Supreme Court justice was speaking in New York City, Nolan decided to make an "artist's coat" to wear. Painting vibrant colored grids on shining golden silk resulted in "Faberge" (see our Gallery page.) Despite most attendees wearing fashionable minimalist black/white/grey, Nolan was surrounded after the luncheon with women wanting a coat like hers.
Singular Couture was born!
After managing the growing business from her studio in NYC, Nolan moved to Santa Fe, NM in mid 2016. She found she could easily combine her studio and a small showroom in one space. Santa Fe was a natural choice because people from all over the world visit for the art and cultural experience.
Nolan sought out a few talented young artists from the rich culture of local Native American arts to add to her design offerings, encouraging these 2D painters to view the body as a moving sculpture and with their paintings being seen in the round.
The heart of Singular Couture is that there is great joy in creating and wearing a work of art. Customers continually tell us that they feel different and meet new and different people wearing one of our coats. The originality of both the coat and wearer can instantly be identified.
Singular Couture garments are original, one of a kind pieces. Each is painted by hand with artist's acrylic paint and sewn by an expert tailor locally. We use a special additive designed for use with fabric to help the paint bond to the fiber and not flake. We purchase silks from warehouses in NYC and Los Angeles. The original source of the fabric is India, with a hundreds of years old tradition of silk spinning, dyeing and weaving.
We use three kinds of fabric. Shantung is a machine woven 100% silk with a smooth finish. Dupioni is a hand woven 100% silk with a textured finish. Tuxedo silk is a heavier bodied silk/wool or silk/cotton blend with the smooth shiny finish.
Our patterns come in 4 sizes: XS, S, M and L, and were designed with a classic timeless look in mind that shows off the artwork. Here is a link to our sizing chart.
Because each piece is one of a kind, we paint to order. Find your favorite design and order in your size. The painting will not be exactly like the design photo but will be very similar. We can also do limited custom silk and paint colors. We can send fabric swatches for approval if you require, just call and we'll work it all out with you. We ask for full payment in advance for special orders.
CARE FOR YOUR PIECE
Cleaning- All finished pieces are dry cleanable. Some cleaning processes and chemicals vary and we cannot guarantee every process. We use One Hour Martinizing and have not had a problem.
Pressing- Use a silk setting on your iron. Ironing on painted sections is allowable, just be a little careful. If the iron starts to grab at all, use a pressing cloth and check that the temperature is not too hot. Steam is fine.
Travel- Singular garments travel well! Fold lengthwise with sleeves folded in, then in thirds. When you unpack the item, shake it out firmly a few times and hang. Press or steam as needed.