s an artist first, and designer of beautiful things, I left city life and my design licensing business in Los Angeles to return to Michigan where I grew up.
Moving back to the farm which has been in my family since my childhood, I embarked on a lengthy restoration project turning the Circa 1920’s bungalo style house into a family home with design studios, and a stable for my big boy “Cash”. During the project I solidified the vision for my Couture Collection.
Le Nouveaurose exemplifies my sentimental world view of collecting treasures and of the romance I find in beautiful vintage textiles and antiquities with their exquisite details.
From Pasimenterie Ornaments and Wish Boxes to clothing and jewelry – each piece in our collection is approached one piece at a time just as an artist paints a painting – one very intentional stoke of the brush at a time.
It is our mission to continue to create an ever growing collection that transcends centuries for modern women who know that their true beauty is timeless.
Antique Canton Shawls, silk velvet, embroidery and lace become dresses, jackets, and accessories. Fine carved Georgian cameos, French paste jewels, Art Nouveau buckles, medals and natural American turquoise come together to form our “unique marriage of opposites” style.
Nothing truly wonderful is constructed overnight so we embrace the work at hand with passion for inspired design and commitment to fine quality in everything we create.
For beauty and grace, we welcome you into our world where everything is created with love.
“People where you live," the little prince said, "grow five thousand roses in one garden... yet they don't find what they're looking for... They don't find it?" I answered. "And yet what they're looking for could be found in a single rose, or a little water..."Of course," I answered.
And the little prince added, "But eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart.”
Antoine de Saint Exupery
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
There are unforgettable stories of life written on the faces, hands and hearts of older women. No matter what my age, I have always seen them as treasures and the aging process as artistic. Many of the designs in our collection of clothing and accessories are named after these women I love, with gratitude for their inspiration.
This vision I have of clothing and jewelry as art began at museums, antique stores, and thrift shops throughout the 1960’s and 70’s where it was not unusual to find a hand beaded flapper dress, silk velvet opera coat or embroidered piano shawl. It was then I fell in love with the work of Alphonse Mucha, Gustav Klimt, Art Nouveau and French Impressionism with ever growing ideas for jewelry and clothing I wanted to create.
Collecting treasures has been a mission, and most wonderful escape into my imagination. The countless hours spent hunting for embroidered fabric fragments, jewelry and antique shawls are equal only to the hours I have spent creating.
One touch and you will feel the beauty of centuries old works by modest craftsman who’s gifted hands sought perfection rather than quantity. Though our collection speaks of luxury, our message is simple : True beauty lies within us all if only we will recognize it.