She holds herself upright with palpable poise and pride, and I vaguely picture her house to be laden in crystal, fur, antiques and much collectable art. She is the personified image of her brand: the classic, elegant, one of a kind dignified queen now virtually irradiated in a modern woman because of ready-to-wear accessibility and mass production of the modern notion of fashion. Her understanding of what it means to be beautiful is much the same as being timeless and can be compared to the conception of beauty in the 1940’s to 60’s when women were so perfectly groomed and pressed, always wore perfume, nail polish and makeup. She has remained constant, unchanging: everlasting in her understanding of style and most haughty in her disregard for discount clothing with its inferior quality, texture and modern trends; drawing influence only from the classic and undying.
She answers my questions without hesitation and the quickness of her responses makes me falter to remember mine! I glance at my cheat-sheet and ask her “where do you continuously find inspiration for such timeless styles” for which she answers without blinking “Nature. Life. Beautiful things come from other beautiful things like flowers, seasons, places I’ve been, memories I have.” I’m momentarily taken aback by such a poetic response and recover with “what motivation or philosophy do you live by when you’re having a bad day?” and she barely waits for me to finish when she replies: “only work makes me happy. Only when I open the door of my atelier (of my studio) and it doesn’t matter if I’m sick, if I’m sad or if someone has done something to hurt me… I open the door and see my fabrics… my ideas never stop, they are always with me, so for me work is the best thing.” I smile because my idol Ms Chanel was by all accounts a workaholic also.
Nina Gleyzer’s flawlessly cut and finished collections have been presented three times at New York’s Couture Fashion Week and consist of bridal; daytime, corporate and evening attire as well as unique and individually handcrafted accessories. She has won many awards and is renowned worldwide for her meticulous quality, craftsmanship and originality – with loyal clientele from South Africa, Japan and Europe to Canada and USA.
Ladies do yourselves a favor and go to her boutique, even just to meet her! Based in Buckhead Atlanta GA, Nina will get you thinking, I promise, about the woman you want to be and just how much you are worth! She fits her creations for you; custom designs and even teaches classes to share her expert knowledge of pattern making, textile, fabrication and couture sewing techniques. Atlanta is indeed fortunate to boast as the home of Nina Gleyzer, a designer whose name is synonymous with haute couture worldwide.