About

Based in New York City, NOT is an independent fashion brand for the actively curious. We aim to make dressing a surprising, playful, and transformative experience within itself. Our interdisciplinary approach as a fashion studio has also led us to create a mobile app, printed zines, a fashion coloring book, animated films, and exhibitions.

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

Designer Jenny Lai grew up playing viola and piano, dancing, and acting. When she fell in love with clothing, she saw that dressing was another kind of performance- silent, intuitive, and one we acted out everyday. Like performing on stage, there was the adrenaline, the need to respond and adapt instantaneously, and an infinite possibility of change each time around. Lai's interdisciplinary approach to fashion reveal an instinct for the expansive possibilities of movement and interaction. 

Jenny Lai is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and has worked around the world from Amsterdam to Mexico City to South Africa with internationally renowned fashion brands such as Viktor & Rolf, Boudicca, Bibhu Mohapatra, and Carla Fernandez. She founded NOT in 2011.

Jenny Lai designer

 

SMALL QUANTITY PRODUCTION

All collections are designed at our Upper West Side studio in New York City. Our womenswear collection is produced by seamstresses, tailors, and manufacturers in New York's Garment District with special care and attention. Our menswear styles are produced between New York City and Taiwan.

 

OUR MOBILE FASHION APP

Our mobile app, #notonthestreets, offered a playful way to dress friends and strangers on the street in the dynamic fashions of NOT. Follow us on Instagram at @notonthestreets_app to see the snaps that were posted from around the world!

  

PERFORMANCE-WEAR

In addition to ready-to-wear collections, the brand creates custom performance-wear for musicians and dancers pushing the boundaries of interdisciplinary performance.  

 

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MOBILE PROJECTS

NOT produces collaborative, interdisciplinary work as a mobile studio around the world. Jenny Lai's 2014 collaboration with South African photographer Chris Saunders and performance artist Manthe Ribane culminated in exhibitions at the Museum of African Design (Johannesburg), Design Indaba (Capetown), and Wallplay Gallery (New York). 

 

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VISIT OUR MANHATTAN SHOP-IN-STUDIO

Visit our Manhattan shop-in-studio to try on any of the styles from NOT's Shop and enjoy a personal, informal meet & greet with the designer. Book your visit here. We are located next to Lincoln Center, the performing arts center of New York.

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