Wardrobe essentials and clothes for women by an American fashion label that can be transitioned between work, travel and play
New York-based lifestyle brand anjé offers women sophisticated and classic wardrobe essentials to compliment their figures and are comfortable to wear to work.
This brand speaks primarily to the style-savvy career girl who prefers a modernistic, fashionable look as well as clothes for women that are eye-catching.
Anjé was created by the US fashion designer, Angela Brasington.
A decade working in the fashion industry across manufacturing, product development, licensing and sales saw Angela transition from an executive assistant to a SVP in womenswear.
As she became fascinated by the amount of time and effort that went into the garment making process and realized the ups and downs of garment production, Angela formed her own company.
Anjé was then born with a mission to provide stylish women with chic clothes that would help them feel and look their best during the day, but that could also be worn when they head out into the city after work at night.
Angela explains, ‘I spent a lot of time traveling throughout my career and also long hours at the office when I was in town and sometimes business dinners or cocktails with friends after work.
‘My wardrobe never seemed to work for all aspects of my life and I found that frustrating.
‘It was one thing I didn’t want to have to think about.
‘I also knew I was not the only woman feeling this pain and that carrying a bag of after-work clothes during your morning commute just isn’t ideal.’
Billed as ‘having everything the fashionable girl wants and needs’ and anjé offers women wardrobe choices in conservative colors and luxurious fabrics.
Anjé features clothing styles using silk and leather, as well as a comfortable ‘Modal‘ fabric.
The anjé line is sectioned into a ‘seasonless’ Core Collection which offers women must-have wardrobe essentials, essential travel items and separates in a simple palette.
This focal, staple collection consists of wardrobe basics such as pants, tops and skirts all of which can create timeless looks so women won’t ever feel out of style.
The Essential Dress is a loose fitting, long sleeved silk charmeuse dress which comes in black and taupe and has a concealed back zip.
The Gisella Pants are made from stretch cotton and are low rise with a flattering, skinny leg.
These can be matched with the Michela Button Down which is a feminine sleeveless silk button down, made from luxurious silk crepe de Chine.
The Core Collection’ Fiorella Midi Skirt is made from 100 percent silk, is flowy and drops to the mid calf. The skirt has 2 side pockets and a concealed back zipper.
The anjé Modal Collection has a lower price point and offers more of a casual look to women and always helps anjé devotees keep their wardrobes up to date.
The Modal fabric used in this line is said to be a wonder fabric. It’s made from an extra fine fiber which gives clothes an enhanced lighter, skin-on-skin feel.
It’s also a processed, bio-based textile made from the reconstituted cellulose of beech trees and so combines the benefits of natural fiber and the softer feel of modern microforms.
This collection features the comfortable Modal Pocket Tee which comes in 14 subtle shades and can be mixed and matched with any separates.
The anjé Racerback Tee is made from micro-modal which is an even softer fabric and provides a comfortable fit.
A simple and classic Micro Modal Pocket Tee Dress and Modal Lounger both offer effortless style for the fashion-forward woman and the comfy Lounge Pants have a relaxed fit with an elastic waistband and ankle cuffs.
The anjé Leather Collection features The Classic Leather Mini, The Leather Pencil Skirt, The Leather Pant and The Classic Leather Jacket.
Dresses in the anjé line include the Vittoria Sexy Minidress which hugs the silhouette and provides a fit with curved panel detailing.
Anjé clothes are designed and manufactured to the highest specifications in New York City and this label is helping to support the preservation of the city’s world famous Garment District.
Angela believes it’s still feasible to do business there and says, ‘The more and more business we do at home, the bigger and better we will be as a nation.
‘As business owners we have to be smarter and as consumers we have to be conscious.
Manufacturing in America may not be for every business, but for those that produce high quality or luxurious items, it’s not only possible but it’s also very enjoyable.
‘Consumers should also be concerned with how and where their goods are made and also care that the factories being used are ethically sound.’
Angela is confident that campaigns for ethical clothing like The See Now, Buy Now by designers like herself, Rebecca Minkoff & Burberry will require fashion brands to use local factories to source quick turn items for this historic move in the industry.
She continues, ‘There are language barriers with international factories and customs issues plus they are often so far away that you can’t handle your serious issues without a long trip.
‘On the other side, international factories are much less expensive and can really help your cost sheet!
‘To me, it came down to quality control and transparency and having access to my garments in all my factories and at all times became a must.
‘Taking the head game factor out of the production process has changed my life.’
Anjé also donates some of the proceeds of its sales to charity.
Did you know that…
- In the 1800’S The Garment District first became known as the center of the nation’s garment industry when producers were supplying clothes to slaves in the south.
- The need for soldiers uniforms during the Civil War helped the garment district expand further.
- By the 1900’s, the value and output of the clothing trade was three times that of the city’s second largest industry, sugar refining.
- In 1910, 70% of the nation’s women’s clothing and 40% of the men’s was produced in New York City.
- Over the past century, New York City’s garment manufacturing sector has experienced a steady decline and currently produces less than 2% of the nation’s clothing.
- This is a result of domestic manufacturers becoming less competitive in the global marketplace and outsourcing to lower-cost foreign markets.
Photography courtesy of anjé and Angela Brasington