We are WOMEN of all ages and lifestyles.
We wear many, many hats -
as professionals, mothers, coworkers, life partners, neighbors, artists, (the list goes on and on)
WE ARE DUETTE.
We created DuetteNYC to empower and uplift women, including ourselves. And, we wanted more.
More from the clothing brands with whom we've spent so much of our hard-earned money over the years.
More awareness, attention, and action from these companies to be more sustainable.
More community and connections with women who also want more.
Not more stuff. More from the few companies with the few items we choose more consciously.
We wanted more, so we started Duette NYC to provide more. See how it all started in our story below.
Diane - Co-Founder, Head of Research and Design
The original idea for Duette NYC came from my need for pants! I wanted pants that fit my lifestyle and my changing body. All of the pants in my closet, that at one time treated me like a great friend, had become my arch enemy. I was in denial that my body had changed but the demands of my busy life as a mother, wife and professional woman had not. Adding to my frustration, even when I found the perfect pair of leggings or a beautiful fitting crew neck or jacket, I wouldn’t be able to find them again (a typical experience in today’s world of fast fashion). Searching for flattering, classic, go-to comfortable pants and tops was time consuming and exhausting - so I decided to make my life, and others, a little easier, stress free and happier.
At the same time, I kept hearing so many women felt disconnected and overwhelmed while our beautiful plant was getting to the point of no return,
I was overwhelmed. I needed something different. I needed more. I reached out to my friend Leslie.
Leslie - Co-Founder & CEO, Chief Creative Director, Architect
I received a call from my friend, Diane, “I need your help!”. My first instinct was, “Of course, anything, is everyone ok?” ...“I need pants!”
After studying architectural engineering in college, I built several buildings in NYC. I soon felt the pull to pursue my love for fashion. So, following my dream, I built a career in fashion over 20 years as a Creative Director and Designer for major brands, including Ralph Lauren, Anne Klein, Jones New York, and Perry Ellis. So when Diane called me, I knew she was not just venting; she wanted a solution.
When Diane called, I was also at a point in my life where I needed more too. And, more than anything, I wanted to help my friend. Over several months Diane and I worked on so many designs until we had the right pattern that would look fabulous – and we wanted more. We decided to source the most extraordinary fabrics, but they had to be from environmentally friendly materials and recycled resources.
We did it!! It took quite a bit of time, but we finally found the right sustainable fabrics, and we are picky. I remember the day we had the first pairs of pants entirely made. Both Diane and I slipped them on. They were even better than we hoped. They felt fabulous. They looked fabulous. We felt awesome. We knew we had a great pair of pants, the best we’ve ever seen, and we are in our 50’s – we’ve seen a lot.
We made a few more pants and asked many of our friends to come by and provide us with feedback. We were definitely onto something – they LOVED them, and they wanted more -- tops, pants, skirts, etc. Diane and I knew, at that moment, we were creating a company together. And, we wanted more.
If we were going to create a company, we knew we would create one that had a powerful vision. Once we had the following, we knew in our hearts and souls that this was "the more" we’ve always dreamed of:
A world where we live in a harmonious flow with ourselves, each other, and the planet.
Join us on our journey and be a part of the harmony.
After joining forces, we got to work researching sustainable fibers and resources that would live up to our exacting standards. Our first design, the 24/7 Pant - The Broadway- is our wear anywhere, anytime effortless staple. One of our early clients said “This pant is a game changer. I slip them on and look and feel fabulous. The quality is fantastic, and my daughter asked me if I had lost weight! How did you do it?”
We like to say, our pants have “feelings” - they offer our customers the pure joy of knowing they can get dressed in seconds, look in the mirror, love what they see, love how they feel, and move on with their busy day.