CASA NATA

On target. No diversions. Timeless, modern. That’s casa nata.
A lifestyle brand interpreted in purist feminine style.
A collection of favourites featuring top-quality materials and perfect workmanship.
Style that conveys relaxed elegance, logic and confidence.
Monochrome must-haves with subtle, surprising design details.
Strong separates that speak for themselves and combine to create a new look time and again.
Finest essentials that frame the wearer’s personality.
Avoiding seasonal restraints and trends. Unique and free.

casa nata fulfils a long-felt desire for Carolin Sangha and Nadia Tatomir. The two designers have worked together for a long time on brand and line building and as creative directors for international companies and brands in the fashion and interior furnishing areas. Launched in 2015, casa nata can be regarded as a collection of their personal favourites. At first glance, their creations seem very simple – but many ingenious details and potential for the wearer can be detected on closer examination. The collection is notable for top-quality materials and workmanship and for a clear, in-depth sense of style. Carolin Sangha grew up in India, Nadia Tatomir in Mexico. Extensive business travel and private globetrotting have enriched their creativity in a very special way and remain one of their main sources of inspiration.

casa nata – based in Munich, made in Germany, loved everywhere.

 

THE INFINITE LIGHTNESS OF BEEING. Founded in 2015 by Carolin Sangha and Nadia Tatomir, Munich-based Casa Nata is well on the way to conquering the global world of fashion. We met up with Carolin Sangha for an interview and talked about logo-mania, strong women, and why a beach holiday can sometimes be the best source of inspiration.

How did Casa Nata come about? 

Carolin Sangha: We’d had the idea for Casa Nata for quite a while, and in 2015 it slowly began to take shape. My business partner at the time was Nadia Tatomir. We’d long been wanting to set up our own brand together, and with both of us already established as professionals, we had the freedom to take a relaxed and playful approach to it. Unfortunately, though, Nadia left in 2017. For family reasons, she returned to Mexico, where she’d grown up. 

What does Casa Nata stand for?

CS: Casa Nata is more than just a pure fashion brand; I see it more as an attitude to life. The garments I design aren’t the latest trends or must-haves. Over the last few years in particular, the world of fashion has undergone a major change in this regard: with all the hype around labels, it’s not about the individual any more. But at Casa Nata, we’re about clear, timeless styles that don’t steal the limelight from the wearer – basics but with a special touch.

What kind of person is the classic Casa Nata customer?

CS: I deliberately avoided defining a particular target group. I want Casa Nata to be ageless and to clothe a 70-year-old Bergdorf Goodman wearer just as well as it would a young, online-shopping jetsetter. My designs are like blank canvases: they give you a basis to work on but without setting the direction, so each customer can develop her own personal style. You won’t find any bling with us, but what you will find is styles for strong women who have an air of femininity and a certain je ne sais quoi.

What’s the perfect occasion to wear Casa Nata?

CS:  There isn’t one! My motto in life is: “It’s always summer somewhere”, but essentially the collection works for any season. A slim-fitting polo neck with wide trousers under the Zen Dress is the perfect everyday outfit. And you could easily wear our kimono jacket to the office too. 

Why summer, not winter?

CS:  Because I love the summer and the warmth, and because Casa Nata is an expression of my personality, summer was the only option.

You’re very intuitive when you create your designs, right?

CS: Yes, I really follow my instincts. On holiday one time, I found these great chunks of shell on a beach that had been so beautifully organically washed out by the ocean. I sanded them down, attached small rings of sterling silver to them and hand-painted them. So now you can wear them on a thin fabric strip as a necklace or a belt. Often, things just emerge spontaneously as you play about with an idea, without any particular goal in mind, without any serious intentions or dogged ambition.

You recently presented Casa Nata at a showroom in New York. Why did you choose to do that?

CS: I wanted to see how an international audience would respond to Casa Nata. Would they perceive the brand as a whole or pick out individual items? I noticed that they really were picking up on the overall picture of the brand as a whole. It was a fantastic experience. I think it’s incredibly important to position your brand overseas so that customers in Germany pick up on it. That’s one of the reasons I see Casa Nata as an international brand: Made in Germany, loved the world over.

You mention Germany. Why Germany?

CS:  Strictly speaking, Casa Nata is a European brand. Our shoes are made in Spain, our clothes in a workshop in northern Bavaria, and our fabrics in Italy and Portugal. I’d like to position Casa Nata as an international brand, but at the same time I want people to be aware that our decision to manufacture largely in Germany was very deliberate. 

The materials we use come exclusively from Europe, and their certified environmental credentials really matter to us. The yarns we use are often dyed by eco-friendly methods, and the fabrics receive only minimal chemical treatment. None of them are chemically sealed. Casa Nata is about lasting designs that never go out of style – favourites forever, basically!