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About Us

designer Thu Nguyen in Sydney, Australia

Meet Our Designer

Elise Design was founded in 2004 by designer Thu Nguyen in Sydney, Australia. The label began at Sydney's Glebe and Bondi markets. After a few months Thu opened her first shop, Elise Boutique in Leichhardt. Elise Design has since expanded to boutiques in both Sydney & Melbourne, delivering internationally.

The inspiration for Elise garments comes from Thu's love of vintage fashion. Garments are carefully designed in the classic styles of the 1940s, 50s & 60s, and are well-known for their beautiful print and embroidery details. 

Thu's desire to build the label comes not only from her passion for fashion but also from a wish to have a legacy for her daughter, after whom the brand named. She puts something of herself into every design, something she hopes people appreciate when they wear the garment.

Meet Our Sewers

Unique, rare, ethical products.

Elise Design garments are carefully handmade in our ethical workshop in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam). Through our workshop we employ single mums, providing the financial means needed to support their children's education. We take a lot of pride in our workshop environment, which is situated in a house (not a factory!), complete with a balcony, and a cat named Chubby. Shop Clothing

Meet Our Shoe Makers

Most of our shoes are custom made in Europe, by family owned businesses. 

Custom-made for Elise in Spain by a family business. The Brako range is designed to help maintain a healthy foot while being stylish. This is one of our favourite brands for its quality, comfort & generous fit. All materials used are natural & chemical free. They also feature removable anatomical footpads for orthotics.
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Bueno, Miss M is developed in Melbourne by brothers Nick & Ben. Handcrafted in Spain, Portugal & Turkey. Comfortable flats with extremely soft & colourful leathers.
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Charlie Stone began with a simple concept – shoes that were like vintage heels from the 1920-50’s, but without the heel. By bringing together the quality and elegant aesthetic traditionally reserved for heels with a comfortable design made for all-day wear, Charlie Stone Shoes sets out to empower women with the right balance of vintage class and modern practicality.
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Gianni Crasto shoes are developed in Melbourne by David & Ingrid. Hand-made in Italy. David & Ingrid have been working in the shoe industry for over thirty years and are madly in love with reproducing vintage shoes. We love that this range draws from the same style inspirations as Elise clothing. Their range are truly well-made and the style is very vintage.

Developed by David & Ingrid in Melbourne. Made in China. Retro/vintage inspired, but a bit more affordable compared to the Italian range.

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Directly imported from Spain. Handmade beautiful ballerina flats. 

Conceived out of SoHo, New York City. A team of European designers seeks out only the highest quality imported leathers, while incorporating design elements aimed at achieving the utmost comfort throughout the collection. At Elise Design, we love the Miz Mooz retro/vintage inspired ranges- they are perfect for our dresses. We value versatility and with the closed toe of these retro style shoes, it means that you can wear them all year round. 
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Directly imported from Spain. Wonders is one of the well-known shoe labels for its stylist & comfort. Extremely lightweight & flexible shoes. Developed in Western Australia by senior shoes developer John, and made in Spain. These shoes are very comfortable and affordable sandal & low-heel ranges. Made of natural cork and soft leathers.
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We are proud to continue our partnership with our good friends at Birdsnest, offering exclusive Elise designs and early release items.


Beyond The Sea Swimwear

The Elise Design team would like to thank all those who have supported the label for the past years, you are all amazing! You have taken Elise garments from the markets of Sydney to the world! And to all the boutiques in Australia and overseas that carry the label, we are very proud to be represented in your stores and look forward to working with you for many years to come.