Leeora Catalan, creator of influential and visionary accessories design house nOir, started her career at Ralph Lauren and Oscar De La Renta before making a name for herself as a fashion stylist. A void in the market challenged Catalan to create specific pieces for a fashion show she was styling, and it was these first designs that were ordered onsite by a department store and pulled in by Italian Vogue to shoot. Right then, in 1995, nOir was born in her studio apartment she shared with her business partner, and now husband.
Throughout the years, Catalan has collaborated with fashion industry icons like Marc by Marc Jacobs, DKNY, L.A.M.B, Patricia Field, Betsey Johnson, Diesel and Moschino to produce sought after baubles that are seen on the runways. Catalans high-end street influenced designs can be seen gracing the pages of Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Italian Vogue, and Numero. In the years since its inception, nOir has grabbed the attention of style makers such as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Madonna, Fergie, Beyonce, and Gwen Stefani, a testimony to Leeora Catalan’s alluring designs.
Enjoying the challenge of working with new materials and directions, every season Catalan changes the collection to include a wider variety than the season before, but strives to keep the collection timeless. Exaggerating classics, injecting a sense of humor, and creating show-stopping pieces are the drive behind the nOir concept. Catalan sites New York City as her main muse, “NYC is the greatest place on earth for inspiration- from Little India in Queens, to Fulton mall, to the Flea markets, to Madison Avenue. I don’t need to travel anywhere, it’s all here.”
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