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About

Based in New York City, NOT is a clothing brand for the actively curious. NOT experiments with the physical processes of getting in and out of clothing in order to make dressing a surprising, playful, and transformative experience within itself.

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

Designer Jenny Lai grew up playing music, 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. From this NOT was born.         

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. As an independent consultant, she is passionate about guiding designers and companies on apparel product development and creative identity.

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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, is a playful way to dress friends and strangers on the street in the dynamic fashions of NOT. Download the app for free on Google and Apple, and share your pictures with the hashtag #notonthestreets. Follow us on Instagram at @notonthestreets_app to see the snaps 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 work as a mobile studio around the world and across disciplines. 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. We are open Saturdays from 11 AM - 7 PM by appointment only, book yours at info@notaligne.com. We are located next to Lincoln Center, the performing arts center of New York.

Sign up on our mailing list for the next Open Studio dates. A peephole into NOT's world of imagination by filmmaker Redha Medjellekh: