About Monika Astara
"Fabulously flattering styles for all body types, in which women feel great about themselves. Where they feel uplifted, confident and radiant. Like they can do anything. And they feel beautiful!"
...this has been my driving force from the very beginning. I just absolutely love it when women put on the right pieces and literally light up from the inside. Their voice changes, they stand up taller and smile and laugh.
This is why what goes into making these clothes is also vitally important. Nothing is mass-produced. We make very limited editions, so you get truly original, one-of-a-kind pieces. From the beginning (1987), long before there was even a term for it, I've used mostly eco-friendly fabrics and always sustainable processes. The paints are non-toxic and do not require the use of water, which is especially important at a time when water is one of the most precious natural resources.
I've also kept our shop intentionally small. It's just 2 of us - Marvin, my husband, and myself. We actually hand make every single piece individually, and with great joy in my studio in Austin, TX, USA. It is situated on the edge of the breathtakingly beautiful grounds of a spiritual community. So, even the atmosphere where our products are made is relaxing, serene, uplifting. When people come onto the property and to our studio, they often comment that it feels like a vacation place: that they feel relaxed and recharged when they come here, even if only for a short while.
I would be delighted if you choose to give this exquisite experience to yourself, and join thousands of women who feel happy, beautiful and radiant in my Monika Astara clothing and jewelry.
If you have questions, concerns - or just need a little encouragement to simply "go for it", please call me at 512 - 470 2553 or contact us
Here's how it all started:
I have always loved working with fabrics. When I was 10 years old, I started making clothes from old curtains and any scraps of fabrics that I could get my hands on. During my college years I sewed clothes at night and wore them the next day. Back then it didn't occur to me that it could be a viable "career". But that's what 'happened' in my early thirties.
I sewed up a bunch of pretty wild, yet casually elegant looking clothes in very unusual fabric combinations: raw silks, animal print knits, satins. laces, liquid gold and silver lamee, interlock knits - embellished with gold and silver glitter paint and rhinestones. Everything sold in one evening!!! And this was in a very conservative town in Oregon. The buyers were professional women who said that they had no idea they could have this much fun. As they were trying on outfits, they were laughing, running up and down stairs, dancing, joking with each other, saying that they have never felt this great in anything they own, nor have they ever had this much fun with each other.
That was the start of my "dream come true": creating clothes that are fun, casually elegant - with a twist, and they make women of all sizes feel and look fabulous.
From 1994 - 2007 I had a boutique at the Hot Springs Resort in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. It was a magical, fun place with styles for every age and size. Very colorful, yet casually elegant. I got to dress women for everyday life, presidential inaugurations, and everything in between.
While on her cross country tour, Oprah called it "the best boutique".
My clients called it the transformation place. Where you fall in love with yourself.
I am so happy to say that many, many lives got transformed in that boutique - including my own.
Since we moved to Austin, I mostly work out of my studio and sell wholesale to boutiques.
And I am very lucky to enjoy trunk shows with absolutely fabulous women.
That is still the ultimate for me: to see women light up and be happy when they wear my clothing and jewelry.
That is still the ultimate for me: to see women light up and feel happy when they wear my clothing and jewelry.
Try it ! And have fun with it!!!
I'd love to assist you in any way I can to choose pieces that are "right" for you: where you feel strong, radiant, gentle, confident, supported.
We use many designer end and other fabrics, that are eco-friendly and sustainable.
The paints are non-toxic and do not require the use of water. That is important to us at a time when water is one of the most precious natural resources.
Every single garment is joyfully handmade by Marvin and I at our studio in Austin, situated at the edge of breathtakingly beautiful grounds.
When you purchase our products, you can feel good about where they come from, how they are made and what is used to create them.
For details on the fabrics, click on "About the fabrics".
For more info, if you have questions or simply want to talk to me, please, call 512 - 470 2553 or contact us