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?
season’s collection ‘ARCHITECTURA’ is the beauty and structure of urban architecture.
This seasons prints and fabric choices are a study of modern metal and glass facades and neoclassical buildings with carved cornices of chiseled marble and cast cement. We analyze various building methods and how they reflect and emit light highlighting the transformation that takes place from day to evening.
What materials are used in this season’s collection?
We used a mix of richly colored fabrics that reflect and react to light; like shimmering lame, silk charmeuse, stamped patent leather and metallic lace, in contrast with matte textures of organza, wool double knit, brocade, velvet and heavy wool felt.
Where are your materials sourced and your garments manufactured?
Our materials were sourced from the USA, Italy, and Korea. Our garments are manufactured in New York city’s garment district and our Miami studio.
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?
‘We wanted to bring the grandeur of architecture down to street level.’ Creatively using clothing and accessories as a canvas.
What statement is your brand trying to make?
This season we are highlighting the issues surrounding sustainable urban development. Promoting urban areas as engines of growth while considering cultural heritage as a major component of quality of life. These prints can start a conversation about any number of topics related to living in the city and how architecture can enrich the experience or degrade it.