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Kat Zarra, KAT ZARRA

KAT ZARRA by Kat Zarra 

Kat Zarra incorporates the luxury and sentiment of jewelry to the items most intimate to the body. The line of ethically manufactured lingerie infuses jewelry through the collection. Solid brass findings are sculpted by hand then casted with a jeweler. The findings are woven into the collection in a meaningful but practical fashion. The collection is designed to blur the line between lingerie and jewelry with a contemporary women’s lifestyle, liberation and exploration kept in mind. 

Wei Lin of PH5

"I've been drawn to fashion and art ever since I was very young, like a magnetic pull I can’t control. I used to cut up clothing and re sew different panels together to tailor them to my body or find a wild pattern combination. Seeing two colors or pattern side by side that work so perfectly really sparks my imagination"

Kat Zarra | KAT ZARRA

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Mini Interview with Kat Zarra

Tell us about your passion for fashion, how and when it started?
I’ve worked in fashion for over ten years for a variety of different luxury designers and fashion categories. But I've been drawn to fashion and art ever since I was very young, like a magnetic pull I can’t control. I used to cut up clothing and re sew different panels together to tailor them to my body or find a wild pattern combination. Seeing two colors or pattern side by side that work so perfectly really sparks my imagination. 

Your designs are combined from silk and metal – jewelry infused lingerie. Where do you find your day-to-day inspiration?
The metal in my pieces is really important, it’s the heart and soul of the collection. I draw inspiration from organic natural shapes, swirls and curves you’ll see in nature mostly. I then begin to sculpt the wax and see where it goes. A lot of my inspiration and artistic practice revolves around the material itself and their natural traits. Wax melts and moves in a really interesting manner and love seeing where it leads to. 

What are the stories you would like to share behind each (or maybe one particular) creation?
The Shell Garter Tank is a relatively simple design but it was very difficult to develop. The brass garter originated from a shell I found on a NY beach and I manipulated to have a garter clip on the back so it would be fully functional. When developing the mold for the clip, my caster, who's a jewelry district aficionado with 40 years of experience, told me the design was too complex for molds. He assured me it would never work because of the complex construction. I pushed back repeatedly to find a way to make it work. We ended up with a six-piece mold, the most complex mold he’s ever made. The Shell Garter Tank is now a best seller so I'm glad I didn’t give up on it. 

Vintage or new?
A combination of the two is the perfect mix. Well-fitting tailored pieces paired with a colorful vintage find. Can't beat that. 

Coffee or tea?
Coffee.

How would you describe your artistic style?
Elegant and timeless sophistication without being too serious and maybe even a little cheeky.