Who is the #monicanerawoman? There are a few answers to that question, but let's start with the most obvious one, which is about the face behind the brand itself. Beginning with the name, ‘Monica’, the Creative Director and Designer. She has her origins in Warsaw,
Poland, and is proud of heritage but has always been a globetrotter. In particular, the United Kingdom's capital London is her sweet poison - she visits every month and stays mostly in Notting Hill, where she has also opened a second base of her company.
Now 'Nera', the Italian female adjective 'black', has a special story behind it. When Monica lived in the Reggio Calabria, located in the South of mainland Italy opposite Sicily, she started thinking about creating clothing. So her first project was to create a little blackdress at the likes of Coco Chanel, as she wanted to design timeless yet elegant pieces for women who seek originality with a slow fashion approach.
Ever since, Monica has designed various collections using different kind of fabrics sourced from all-over Europe. But there is one that has been her favourite all along, making it the signature of the brand: our new generation cotton. Coming from Portugal, the cotton fabric is a quintessential part of every collection, especially in the Resort and Summer collections. From classic to extravagant silhouettes, Monica's inspiration is endless. Besides, Monica has a fetish for silks and leather, which define the more luxurious part of the collections.
MADE IN POLAND
The fashion industry is moving faster than ever, from
high-street to luxury brands. Our brand ethos is to
oppose the growing fast-fashion trend. All the fabrics we use are of a sustainable nature, compliant with Fair Trade standards and mostly from Europe.
Every piece that we create is sewn in our own atelier in Warsaw, Poland, by a very talented team of
seamstresses, who Monica works with very closely. As we are planning to expand our range into further product categories, we will be working with only certified partners who comply with our ethos and policy.
A SLOW FASHION APPROACH
We are very conscious about our environmental impact which is why we avoid any possible waste. You may have noticed the bows, ties and wrap-belts on our pieces, these do not only serve a fashionable purpose,but are also products of the sewing process that we re-use.