Kat Zarra was created in effort to combine my two great loves: silk and metal. The idea of jewelry infused lingerie was born one night after I dropped a few yards of slinky black silk charmeuse on my desk forever littered in a beautiful mess of gold jewelry projects and hot pink sapphires. When I saw the black silk intermingled with a chunky gold ring covered in flush set London blue topaz, I knew I could never unsee this. The idea of jewelry infused lingerie hit me like a ton of bricks. A few years went by of tweaking and polishing before I launched my first capsule collection in early 2019.
What sets the collection apart in a world saturated in fine silk underpinning and lacy little things is the semi precious metal and fine jewelry elements.
The collection is adorned in hand casted solid brass hardware. The rings, sliders, clasps, garter clips, all hand casted brass. I design all the hardware myself in my LES based studio. Once I feel I've thoroughly finessed and obsessed over the design, I begin to sculpt the hardware elements in a soft wax. The wax samples are then sent to a local caster to develop molds. My caster utilizes the molds to ensue a method called lost wax casting to create my brass jewelry findings. This casting process is very common among jewelers; very uncommon among lingerie designers.
Once my jewelry findings are complete, I lug them to the garment district where I manufacture all my designs. I sit alongside incredibly talented sewers; women I consider friends, and review the details of my collection. I work closely with the top silk factories in the garment district to develop and create my final product. I carefully review each garment once complete; straight seams, sharp creases in pressing and polished brass are all a must. It's incredibly important to me everything is perfect, nothing means more to me than my customer feeling that perfection when she slips the fine fabric over her body and glides the 14k gold filled chain onto her shoulder.
The juxtaposition of fine fabrics and jewelry findings take the collection from lingerie basics to a lingerie jewelry fusion that is incredibly divine and unique.