And got so much more than I expected. I have been familiar with the brand for a couple of years. I have one dress I bought from somewhere two years ago, but have never loved it (my fault though because I ordered too big and thought I could make it work) so I rarely wear it. I keep coming across the brand this summer and recently when I was perusing Goop’s ‘New Arrivals’ I found a dress I loved, but it was sold out. Thankfully, Natalie’s site was fully stocked – I shopped from my phone, placed my order Monday and received it Wednesday. Easy peasy.
The spirit of Natalie Martin the brand is not unlike so many of the bohemian jet set, beach-to-dinner brands that currently exist in the market. And I have experienced many of them: Lisa Marie Fernandez is probably one of the most well known, but her pieces have gotten more and more expensive ($700 for some dresses), Loup Charmant, Dodo Bar Or, Figue, etc. There is something very authentic about Natalie’s pieces – she’s an Australian currently residing in LA and is the embodiment of her namesake collection.
I bought this dress and this dress and both are divine. The packaging is simple – which I’m not used to anymore. Brands have been investing in flashy packaging to distinguish themselves for awhile, and while it does make unwrapping more glamorous I know it adds to the bottom line. I was shocked when I learned that Natalie’s pieces are handmade from batik printed silk (and other natural fibers), one-of-a-kind essentially, and everything is under $350. Neither of my dresses are too sheer and are just light weight enough for New York City summers. Natalie has an extensive stockist, but I’m surprised she’s not more well known editorially. I LOVE her pieces and intend to be a repeat customer.