An artist and designer of beautiful things, Jill Garber left city life and her successful commercial design licensing business in Los Angeles to return to the countryside in Michigan where she was born.
Moving to the farm belonging to her family since childhood, she first embarked on a lengthy restoration project to redesign the Circa 1920’s farmhouse into a comfortable family home with spacious design studio spaces for her work.
Le Nouveaurose and Jill Garber Couture exemplify a “timeless” world view filled with the beauty and grace of Parisian haute couture, while repurposing the most exquisite antique materials that were made with centuries old craft.
From women’s clothing, accessories and jewelry – to wish boxes and opulent Pasimenterie Ornaments, each piece in her collection is approached one meticulous detail at a time.
Hand embroidered antique shawls, silk velvet and artisan lace weave everyday opulence into finely crafted clothing and accessories. Centuries old Georgian cameos, French paste jewels, Art Nouveau buckles, heritage medals and other heirloom baubles exquisitely crafted together with natural gemstones such as turquoise, garnets, amethyst and mother of pearl become modern heirlooms with past lives for modern woman who dream to leave their unforgettable mark.
“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.