In September of 2015, ACID NYC debuted their first collection at NYFW and have since shown four collections with Nolcha Shows.
Their signature designs are Made in New York City’s Garment District and In September 2018, ACID NYC will once again participate in two shows during NYFW.
ACID NYC creates modern silhouettes designed with limited edition, unique & vibrant prints for Women and Men that can be worn from day to evening.
“We find our inspiration in the hidden beauty of our surroundings and then present them on the runway as museum quality prints on beautifully tailored garments.”
The ACID NYC Collections have garnered positive press throughout the US fashion industry and in international press.
Evelyn Luna was born in the Bronx, New York City. She studied at the High School of Art & Design and received her BFA at New York’s Parsons School of Design. For 13 years, she was a key member of Diane Von Furstenberg’s original design staff that re-launched the DVF brand and its myriad of successful designs. She subsequently became Director of DVF’s Textile Department in addition to her position as Head Designer. In 2003, she ventured on to become Textile Product Manager at Victoria’s Secret Lingerie, Sleepwear and Swimwear.
Eventually, Evelyn applied her expert knowledge of fashion, textile design and production and began her own Design Consulting business. Evelyn has consulted for DVF, Victoria’s Secret Lingerie and Swimwear as well as other fashion designers and home furnishing brands.
New York City native, Scott Chester was born in Brooklyn. He studied at the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan where he solidified his interest in Industrial Design. Scott continued honing his talents and skills at CCS College of Industrial Design in Detroit, Pratt Institute for Product Design, and the Art Center in Pasadena California.
In 1990 Scott started ACID Studios in Brooklyn, NY, to design custom furniture. This was the beginning of Arielle Chester Industrial Design (ACID) named after his daughter.
Scott, a successful serial entrepreneur, joined forces with Jon Drew and Marvin Samel in 1998 to develop ACID Cigars, a premium, hand-rolled Cigar brand manufactured in Nicaragua. The startup became a sought-after boutique brand that was purchased in 2014 by Swisher International.
Evelyn Luna & Scott Chester’s combined creative and technical talents are the DNA of ACID NYC Clothing: spanning industrial design, engineering, manufacturing, textile design, graffiti, photography, painting and gardening. With their range of skills, it’s easy to see why the designers envision ACID NYC as ultimately a luxury lifestyle brand.
When was your brand founded?
ACID NYC was founded and launched by the New York City born and bred Design Team of Evelyn Luna & Scott Chester in March 2014.
What is your inspiration for this season’s collection?
“Raw Material”- The inspiration for this collection is farm to table sustainability and raw beauty. Using un-processed materials to create a finished product that will provide energy to our audience.
Our accessories complement our fabrics and prints while implementing international inspirations that we have collected from our travels. We always approach them with a whimsical touch.
What materials are used in this season’s collection?
The fabrics used in this season’s collection are Silk, Linen, Cotton, leather and novelty fabrics. Our fabric choices focus on comfort, versatility and timeless design.
Where are your materials sourced and your garments manufactured?
Our materials are sourced in the USA, Asia and Europe. Our factory is in the garment district in New York City.
Where are you based?
Our design studio is based in Miami and our sample room is based in NYC.
Where does your line currently retail?
We are presently retailing at Flying Solo, 434 West Broadway, New York, NY 10012 and www.acidnyc.com
What makes your collection unique?
What makes our collection unique is our printed subject matter. We photograph and design our own prints according to our current theme, to bring awareness to the topics that inspire us. We are attracted to things that aren’t normally seen as prints, we see them as art. We speak through our prints, drawing from unique sources, bringing awareness to key social issues.
What statement is your brand trying to make?
ACID NYC is constantly searching for new print options. We enjoy focusing forward, designing interesting pieces, that are beautiful, impactful, timeless and stylish while also pioneering. Our customer trusts us to put him or her in a quality garment with a level of artistic detail that a discerning eye can appreciate. Our customer gets it.