My Limited Capsule Collection Available Now!

cottagecore dress, cottagecore shoot, cottagecore aethestic,fairycore, cottagefairy, nourandthemerchantI shared the story behind the Leannan Sidhe dress from my capsule collection in a blog post last week, but did you know the full capsule collection is online now? You can shop it at Nour and the Merchant and the collection is limited, so if you love a piece you should get it now. The Leannan Sidhe dress is especially selling fast and the fabric for that style is completely custom so it might be limited! Every piece in the collection is slow fashion made in Italy and worldwide shipping is available. If I was to describe the style of the collection overall I'd call it "off duty fairytale character." They're the sort of clothes Briar Rose will wear while living in the woods with fairies before she meets the prince, or something Cinderella might have in her wardrobe while still living in the attic. They're whimsical and romantic, but like the Hollyhock Skirt above they aren't too fancy for every day wear. As much as I love the Leannan Sidhe (it is my dream dress) the other pieces in the collection are the ones I see myself wearing day in and day out this summer.

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As much as I love long linen dresses, I knew I wanted something a bit shorter and breezier in my collection as well--and I really wanted to create something with a Juliette sleeve! It's one of my favorite style of sleeves but one you rarely see in shops and it seemed like the perfect sleeve for a mini. Thus the Hawthorn dress was born! It's a fluffy mini dress made in organic silk chiffon with loads of volume and dramatic sleeves you can style up or down and the print is a custom design as well. This style is one of the easiest ones to wear and is a bit more flexible with sizing as the entire back is elastic ruching so very stretchy and the sleeves are billowy too. Very flattering, very comfortable. The print depicts the hawthorn flowers, which come from the May tree or fairy trees. There are so many legends about these trees, many believed the trees marked entrances into the Fairy Realm and that on May you might see the Fairy Queen with her procession entering or exiting from a tree. It's bad luck to cut them down, so these pink and white blossoms fill the hedgerows every spring. I really loved working on the design for this fabric and we had it digitally printed (which is a way of printing that is more environmentally friendly than more standard fabric dyeing processes) in two colorways: blue and a light coral.
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The Hollyhock Skirt has a fitted waistband with backzip that mimics a corset and the bow straps are adjustable--you can choose how to tie them and at what height. I'm wearing the skirt in coral and lime linen, but you can choose from over twelve different linen colors and several different embroidery patterns as well. This embroidery is called the "Elf Blade" inspired by a fairytale of the same name I wrote (you can read it here). Working on these pieces with Cristina has been an absolute dream and it's so fun to see them come to life. It makes it all the more wonderful to know that everything is being ethically made in Nour and the Merchant's atelier in Italy and that we focused on sustainable materials (linen and silk chiffon). The whole collection is also slow fashion, meaning every piece is made when you order which will also reduce waste as there won't be superfluous stock or excess fabric ordered. The process starts as soon as you place an order and your new piece is ready and on its way to you in 4-6 weeks. Nour and the Merchant also offers partial payment plans if you want to pay in a few installments with no extra fees. Shop the full collection here and get them while you can as this capsule collection is only available for a limited period of time. 

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