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ADALÉI STARTED FROM A NEED TO CREATE. 


"I have a BFA in Fashion from Virginia Commonwealth University and background in interior design. I am influenced by art, architecture and the history of fashion and textiles to create designs with clean lines and beautiful styling.  I share my passion for photography, by creating pictures and content that hopefully tell a story of a small fashion studio making clothing here in the US.

 

Wearing so many hats in this company and learning several of the skills from trial and error has been the most challenging thing I've ever tackled. It's not easy being an American Made women's clothing brand. Despite the setbacks, I wake up every morning and love my job. Thank you for supporting ADALÉI and something I am so passionate about; continuing the tradition of small studios and workrooms designing and creating fashion." 
 
Christy, Designer/Owner ADALÉI

 

fashion in raleigh nc about us

 

To be a North Carolinian means to cherish the craft of being an artisan - making things of beauty or usefulness with your hands, one by one.  That is the focus of my work. 
 

 

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QUALITY | PROCESS | COMMITMENT

Details do matter

We feel strongly that the fashion cycle needs to slow down and there is a value to things created thoughtfully by your hands. Each piece is made to order by a small team of highly skilled seamstresses. We produce our product locally, but source the finest fabrics and findings globally, mainly from Europe, Japan, and the US. 

 

WE BELIEVE STRONGLY IN LOCAL AND ETHICAL PRODUCTION
A SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS BUSINESS

 

By making everything from patterns to production, we are able to to oversee the quality of each piece and minimize the waste of the fast fashion industry by sewing our designs to order. We believe there is a value to a small workroom of exceptionally skilled artisans. ADALÉI is committed to sourcing US and sustainable materials when possible and continuing the tradition of a well-crafted garment in North Carolina, a state rich in its textile history. 

 

COMMITTED TO THE ARTISANAL SKILL OF MAKING FASHION SLOWLY
AFFORDABLE LUXURY

 

ADALÉI was founded with a focus on offering affordable luxury in modern, elegant designs that will work seamlessly into any classic wardrobe. We believe fashion should be about quality over quantity and pieces that remain timeless are a better value for your money.  We also believe in the entrepreneurial spirit and feel small business is what creates local job opportunities and more unique offerings for the consumer. ADALÉI has become known for creating designs of beautiful styling that continue the artisanal skill of producing clothing in the US. 

 

REDEFINING BEAUTY IN FASHION

 

ADALÉI is a fierce supporter of mental health awareness and education, specifically relating to eating disorders. A recent survey in partnership with UNC Chapel Hill found that 75% of women think and behave abnormally around food. We feel the fashion industry has projected an unrealistic image of a woman's body for decades, which has created dysfunctional standards of beauty. We also stand firmly against agism in fashion and modeling, which we feel is the next wave of inclusion, and are proud to represent models who are over 35.

 

and if you were wondering . . . . . . ADALÉI is pronounced "Add-uh-lee".

The name is letters from my children's names combined with my own.  

SIZE + CARE GUIDE
BUST (measure at fullest part)
WAIST  (measure at or below belly button)
HIP  (measure fullest part of low hip)

 

MEASUREMENTS ARE IN INCHES

XXS |  size  0   

B
W
H
32 1/2
25
35 - 35 1/2

 

XS  |  size 2/4

B
W
H
33 - 34 1/2
26 - 27
36 - 37 1/2

 

 S   |   size 6/8

B
W
H
35 1/2 - 36 1/2
28 - 29
38 1/2 - 39 1/2

 

 M   |   size 10/12

B
W
H
37 1/2 - 39
30 - 31 1/2
40 1/2 - 42

 

L   |   14/16

B
W
H
40 1/2 - 42 1/2
33 - 35
43 1/2 - 45 1/2

 

 ALPHA SIZES (XXS - L) ARE CLOSER TO THE LARGER SIZE. 
EXAMPLE IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING A SIZE 4 OR 6. 
If you typically wear a solid size 6, never buy petites, and do not like your clothes form fitting, PURCHASE TRUE TO SIZE. 
If you typically wear a size 6, also buy petite, occasionally buy a size 4, and/or prefer your clothes a closer fit, PURCHASE A SIZE DOWN. 

 WHEN SIZING DOWN, YOU WILL NOTICE IT ACROSS THE UPPER BACK, NECK OPENING, ARMHOLE OPENING, AND GENERALLY THROUGH THE BUST, WAIST, AND HIP. 

 


PLEASE READ OUR CARE GUIDE PRIOR TO ORDERING, TO ENSURE YOU MAKE THE BEST DECISION FOR YOUR SIZE AND WASH PREFERENCES. 


We understand that quality starts with exceptional fabric.  Which is why we only work with a small number of mills across the world that pass our in-house test standards and are committed to the highest quality.  We also support mills that strive for the lowest environmental impact, including Edelweiss products from Lenzing that have a zero carbon footprint. 

Our commitment to a lower impact includes washing all ADALÉI garments in COLD water only and never using the dryer, which uses a large amount of unnecessary energy. 

For our fabrics that can be washed, we suggest the following:

For our fabrics that require dry cleaning we suggest choosing a cleaner committed to not using PERC.  In 2012, the EPA classified PERC as a "likely human carcinogen". 

Several of our garments are labeled dry clean only due to the content being a specialty fiber.  Most silk, wool, and other fabrics CAN safely be washed at home, however, you might experience a change in the surface of the fabric or slight shrinkage.  

We understand some customers never dry clean anything. Do you want to pre-test a "dry clean only" garment prior to hand washing? 

We are happy to provide a cutting room floor swatch so you can do your own testing at home prior to washing your garment.  You can let us know you want a swatch in one of two ways. When purchasing, type "wash swatch" in your notes at checkout . We are happy to recycle these scraps so that you can feel confident about whether washing or dry cleaning is best for your ADALÉI garment. 

We use two types of silk in our Ethereal Silk collection.  The silk charmeuse (Gigi) is already pre washed by the mill and able to be washed by hand at home.  However, our crepe de chine (Caroline and Coco) is a standard silk and we cut the design slightly oversized to allow for some shrinkage.  We do NOT PREWASH our crepe de chine silk, for our customers who always dry clean. In our cold water wash testing, we noticed around 1/2" to 1" shrinkage in both the width and length.  Our model Eliza is wearing the Caroline (beige) in S and the Coco (black) in XS to show you the PRE-WASH comparison in sizing.  We also noticed a slight change in the "hand" of the silk, meaning it was not quite at silky.  Never put silk in the dryer.  Please consider these factors when ordering your size. 

Still have a question or just want to double check with us? Email info@adalei.com.