This long-sleeve silk blouse is made from high-quality Chinese crepe de chine. The red adds a welcome pop of color in a sophisticated fall/winter-friendly hue. The cut is elegant, with a longer shirttail and square front hemline. Subtle details, such as pleated shoulders, make this shirt special, but the fabric and fit make it easy to wear. American manufacturing is important to Steven Alan: This shirt was made in the New York City Garment District, in one of the brand’s small factories.
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Why it's special
Made in the U.S.A.Products manufactured in the U.S.
High-Quality Raw MaterialsSpecially sourced materials
Size, Fit & Care
- Fits true to size
- 100% silk
- Pleated shoulder details
- Concealed zip closure at back
- 25" from shoulder to hem
- Model wears size small
- Dry-clean only
The New York Kid
The Brand Story
Steven Alan started out selling watches. Customers kept coming in asking for Swatch, “So in the morning I would go out and find these collectible watches,” he says. This gave him the money to open his first store in 1994: a 450-square-foot space with barred windows. Steven learned on the job: “It was mostly women’s, mostly accessories. And the clothing I really didn’t know anything about.” He went to the trade shows, asking questions along the way to learn the business.
I realized that what I really liked was discovering new people…people that were doing something special, who had their own vision.
He began representing small brands, doing wholesale, but quickly outgrew his space. Steven moved into a showroom, “but it was a financial move that I couldn’t really afford…so I lived in the back.” Following the move, he wanted to branch into menswear, and found that most of his favorite brands were Belgian: “I wanted something that had an American sensibility.” So he started designing, once again learning on the job.
The process has been the same since Steven began designing. “We always start with the fabric, and from there we just start putting fabrics up on a board. Then we start thinking of what feels right and what it reminds us of and what the inspiration is, and then it all comes together.” The designs are classic, not trendy: perfect pieces that you want to wear over and over again.
Seventy percent of Steven Alan production is in New York City, so the designers are very close with their manufacturers. With an in-house technical engineering team and production manager, they are able to ensure high-quality production. They do production in China as well, where the brand works with small factories that are off the mass-production grid. “They have the capability to execute on the fine details and to help produce a garment we are proud of,” the team note. No matter where they are manufacturing, they choose factories “based on their merit and on category expertise.”
Steven may have started designing menswear, but “now it’s evolved, because it’s a full collection and we do suits, we do sweaters, we do everything.” he says. This includes one of the most iconic, timeless pieces in a woman’s wardrobe: the blazer. Steven’s boyfriend blazer is modeled on the classic men’s style but tailored for women. The jacket dates back to men’s sporting clothes.
Steven describes his clothing as ‘accessible, yet special.’ Completely fitting.