Kat Zarra, the namesake label founded in 2019, creates modern lingerie with a focus on simple and timeless silhouettes. Luxe fabrics are manipulated into well tailored foundation pieces that bring style and fashion into your base layer.
“I think there's a misconception that an excess of frills and lace is feminine, however, a modern woman feels most herself in simple, well made garments crafted from beautiful fabrics. I believe there is a market gap in sophisticated and minimal foundation pieces that can be worn as lingerie or act as an extension of one’s wardrobe and style with an outfit. We fill this gap by creating polished shapes in high end fabrics that look too good to keep hidden.”
Gold toned brass is woven throughout the collection to heighten the quality and make an impactful presentation. The juxtaposition of fine fabrics and handmade jewelry findings take the collection from lingerie basics to something really worth looking into.
“I like to incorporate natural and earthy imagery into the hardware - when you slip into one of my silk pieces, the chunky organic metal should feel like you've just returned from an exotic trip and you're covered in unworldly souvenirs.”
Hardware in collection is sculpted by hand in our LES based studio. We work with a soft wax to sculpt our organically shaped findings. Once we've perfected or imperfected the wax pieces we partner with a family owned jewelry business in Rhode Island to cast our production in recycled brass. Old brass findings and bits and pieces can be melted down over and over to repurpose into something new so there is no waste when working with recycled brass.
We utilize the lost wax casting method to create our findings. This casting technique is one of the most common ways to make jewelry and we are the first lingerie company to make their hardware in this manner.
Valuable textile scraps are put into landfill each day. KZ partners with NY garment district cutting rooms to collect their scraps before they go into the garbage. The scraps are used to produce our collection. Using these off cuttings aids in keeping textile waste out of landfills. On styles made from virgin textiles; deadstock and vintage fabrics or natural fibers such as silk, cotton, modal are prioritized.
All our garments are proudly made New York's garment district. Our production runs are very small and limited to ensure we don't produce more than we need. All accessories are made to order. We work with woman owned factories and all employees of the facility are paid a NY living wage.
Additionally, all of our garments are engineered with the goal to create as little fabric and trim waste as possible. Garments when in the development and pattern making process are designed so as little fabric as possible is left over after the cutting process. After the cutting process scraps are collected and repurposed always.
Beginning 2022, for every purchase made on the KZ site one tree is planted. We are all too aware of the impact the fashion industry has on our environment. At KZ we're consistently looking for ways to improve our consumption and carbon footprint and be altogether better humans.