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About Us

Meet Our Designer - Thu Nguyen

designer Thu Nguyen in Sydney, AustraliaElise Design was founded in 2004 by designer Thu Nguyen in Sydney, Australia. The label was named after her daughter Elise An Nolte. The label began at Sydney's Glebe and Bondi markets in the early days and after a few months Thu opened her first shop, Elise Boutique in Leichhardt.

The inspiration for her clothes comes from her love of vintage fashion and her cultural background. Beside her vintage inspired pieces, she has a collection of vintage reproductions which she updates to better quality modern fabrics. Some of these go on to provide inspirations and ideas for her own designs.

Elise signature garments are also well-known for their contemporary styles with great print and embroidery details. The Elise Design philosophy is that it is important to be unique and independent in the fashion world. As the business has developed the label has expanded to a number of boutiques both in Australia and overseas.

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. She puts something of herself into every design, something she hopes people appreciate when they wear the garment. 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 oversea that carry the label, we are very proud to be represented in your stores and look forwards to working with you for many years to come.


Meet Our Makers

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 & women with difficulties, providing the financial means needed to support their children's education.

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

Brako & Johnny’s 
Custom-made for Elise in Spain by a family business. The 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. 

Bueno, Miss M
Developed in Melbourne by brothers Nick & Ben. Handcrafted in Spain, Portugal & Turkey. Comfortable flats with extremely soft & colourful leathers.

Charlie Stone Shoes
At Charlie Stone, their mission is to make true classic elegance effortless, every single day.

Gianni Grasso
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.

Also developed by David & Ingrid in Melbourne. Made in China. Still retro/vintage inspired, but a bit more affordable compared to the Italian range.

Miz Mooz
Edgy. Eclectic. Fashionable. Comfortable. Conceived out of SoHo NY, Miz Mooz footwear has left these impressions amongst all of its customers. To distinguish itself from the crowd, Miz Mooz is constantly challenging itself to create the most unique and innovative styles. 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. Miz Mooz customers are used to walkable shoes low heels, chunky heels, flexible soles, soft linings, and comfortable fitting styles. Miz Mooz has expanded out of New York City and is sold to major retailers and independent boutiques. At Elise boutique we love Miz mooz retro/ vintage inspired ranges. They are just so perfect for our dresses. We love versatility and with the closed toe of these retro style shoes it means that you can wear them all year round. 

Directly imported from Spain. Handmade beautiful ballerina flats.

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 John. Made in Spain. John is another senior shoes developer. He knows so much about shoemaking and has been so helpful in his customisations. These shoes are very comfortable and affordable sandal & low-heel ranges. Made of natural cork and soft leathers.

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