It would be difficult to have said this even a few years ago, but it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between real fur & faux fur given the state of today’s textile artistry. Designer Nihan Onat has proven this statement to be true beyond a reasonable doubt with the debut of her “namesake” N’ONAT collection of cruelty free, faux fur coats. The collection, set to hit retail racks for Fall/Holiday 2019 are the most innovative entries into this space we recall.
Onat’s designs take faux fur to a new level. Add to the fabrication meticulous craftsmanship only found in ‘old world’ ateliers, and it’s easy to see what had the room abuzz last month at the press debut of her N’ONAT collection of coats and jackets. More than one (make that two… or 10!) fellow attendees was heard expressing their disbelief during the preview.
But the cruelty-free story is only part of this new brand’s DNA. These coats are seriously style right & can stand up to the most discriminating fashionista amongst us with every bit the integrity of the more established brands in the space. Silhouettes ranged from the long & luxe to the short & sassy with volume & body con options to complement a range of body types.
Onat honed her obvious skills in her native Istanbul, where she created coats for iconic brands including Celine, Hugo Boss & Burberry before striking out on her own here in the U.S. Now based in New York City, with her collection being manufactured in Turkey from Italian textiles, we are certain that we’ll be seeing a lot more of N’ONAT in the coming seasons. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m sort of looking forward to Fall…
A portion of the proceeds from every coat goes to foster Animal Rights. Each coat is labeled in the neck with a large tag stating this: ”Buying this garment enables us to protect animals & their rights. A portion of your purchase price goes to ‘savealife foundation’ which funds animal rights organizations worldwide. Thank you.” This label is twice the size of the main N’ONAT label which speaks volumes about the brand ethos & what it holds important.
Closing Note: Men… worry not… rumor has it that a few styles are being cut to fit you!
Designer Website: www.nihanonat.com
Photos: Seth Abel