All Marca Elise pieces are designed and handmade by Elise Goncalves in Portugal.
As a self-taught designer, I have always been drawn to the opportunity for self-expression through fashion and design. Marca Elise was created to celebrate personal expression, while honoring the delicate process of slow, sustainable fashion through crochet and handmade pieces.
My designs and colors are inspired by our beautiful earth, to the elegant silhouettes of vintage fashion.
Currently based in Portugal, I gather inspiration from this beautiful country while continuing to create designs that capture the happiness and serenity I experience while bringing them to life.
New York Fashion Week February 2023In February of 2023 I travelled to New York City as a designer in New York Fashion Week. Marca Elise was featured as an up-and-coming brand in the Flying Solo Ones To Watch NYFW show at Canoe Studios in Manhattan. For my first runway appearance, I debuted a versatile runway collection consisting of both crochet and fabric designs - all handmade. Since the show, Marca Elise has been featured on various platforms such as Fashion Week Online and Elle magazine. The experience was so special, and I am excited to keep moving forward and hopefully work on appearing at more runway shows in the future.
With fast fashion practices continuing to present extensive environmental, social, and economical concerns, it is more important than ever to shop slow fashion whenever possible. As a small brand with handmade pieces, I am trying to do my part, and over time I hope to continue adopting more sustainable practices into every aspect of my business.
My current goals for the near future are to ensure I use all sustainable packaging, to source only environmentally friendly materials such as 100% cotton yarn, and to take advantage of all local suppliers.