Chelsea Carson and Kait Vasquez met at the University of Rhode Island while studying Fashion Design and Costuming. After relocating to NYC, the pair realized they needed an escape from their day jobs and an outlet for their creative energy. They discovered a love for lingerie and established Relique (RAY-leak) in 2011. Chelsea focuses her attention on design and production while Kait handles sales and merchandising.
“There is a voice that has continued to grow louder over the past few years for American made goods and especially NYC made goods. Factories continue to close regularly and if we don’t do something about it we will lose the last small grip we have on quality American made goods.”
Relique pride themselves in designing intimate apparel that real women can wear. All of their garments are made domestically in NYC allowing them to be more hands on in the process and maintain high quality product. Each season they create a unique hand dyed print and use it as the foundation for each collection. Their signature look is their Lyra/Ara set. Each piece features a minimal design while the addition of straps provide a little bit of a “bad girl” vibe.
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