Neena Zeve Designs is a boutique specializing in unique fashions for women. Neena Zeve Designs has been in business for nine years and is based in Brooklyn, New York. All products are made in the Brooklyn studio and use locally sourced materials from New York City whenever possible. The primary materials used are silk, cotton, and wool.
The fashions made by Neena Zeve consist of handmade one-of-a-kind outerwear such as capes and jackets,, accessories such as hats, scarves and handbags, and pieces that are worn on special occasion such as weddings. Neena Zeve's fashions appeal to women who want to buy distinctive garments that are made to last.
The overall inspiration for Neena Zeve’s collections comes from three major sources. One is a color palette and fabric patterns that come from the Mediterranean region where the designer lived for several years.The blues, oranges, and greens are some of the dominant colors in the region.
The patterns in the fabrics are frequently reminiscent of designs found in buildings such as cupolas which dot the skylines of cities and in artifacts in the region.
A second source of inspiration is a set of ‘old school’ embellishment techniques including beading, smocking and pleating. These embellishments produce exciting effects, create interest in the clothing and distinguish Neena Zeve’s garments from other designers.
A third source of inspiration is the architectural fashions of Charles James, an American designer who had a profound influence on fashion in the early twentieth century. James was known for his structured garments and exquisite detail. Neena Zeve has been inspired by what James created, especially his 1920s cocoon coats and his attention to detail and used these ideas as takeoff points for the design of Neena Zeve's coats, jackets, and capes and accessories which evoke the 1920s look.