Los Angeles has been buzzing with up-and-coming plus-size designers over the past few years and it’s exciting to watch! One of the latest brands to catch our attention is Sante Grace, created by talent agent and designer Tracy Christian!
Created for the purpose of “Accessible Haute Couture” Sante Grace offers those who appreciate washable silk charmeuse, cashmere and chiffons. Sante Grace draws inspiration from the various design houses we know and creates plus size fashion options that give us both form and function.
Finding options beyond plus-size fast fashion used to be a challenge. However, as the industry grows and plus size fashion always overtakes straight fashion! This has only created an ecosystem and community that can support new plus size contemporary fashion options, and Sante Grace is one to know!
We’ve shared a bit about the designer over the past year, but to dig a little deeper, we asked Tracy to share with us 6 things we should know about Sante Grace and why we need these pieces in our closet now!
6 things to know about the LA-based Luxe Plus line, Sante Grace
1.Sante Grace is bad French for Sainte Grace. Designer Tracy Christian named the line after her grandmother (Grace) who taught her how to sew. “When my grandmother was a young woman, she found herself in a bad marriage with five young children. She financed her way out of marriage by sewing for the ‘fat’ women in her church. She moved from Chattanooga to New Jersey and started a new life through design.
2. Before Tracy created Sante Grace, she designed her own clothes and had them made. “I never understood why someone would go through all the work of designing, fitting and making a garment to have it made from cheap textiles. I want the best I can afford. I value quality over quantity.Sometimes the best I can’t afford!”
“But if fine linens and silks were acceptable to emperors and pharaohs, then they are fine with me.“
“Silk is a miracle natural fabric. It insulates as much as it breathes. It travels well and something looks even better after being a little wrinkled and washed. When what you wear is going to be a big deal; choose silk.
3. Tracy created Sante Grace to end the crying in the dressing room. You know how some girls grew up hanging out at the mall or shopping for fun? For Tracy, she shares her own experiences…
“I was crying in the dressing room because the clothes never fit me, or my mom and I were arguing. I hated looking at my body in the mirror of Lane Bryant’s dressing room. Nothing ever went the way it was supposed to, and I felt like it was my fault.
Tracy reflects on how she saw herself and her challenges: “I was tall, with a belly, wide hips, prominent buttocks, small waist and breasts. Now I have Sante Grace and our fit is generous to flatter a more typical American figure. Clothes are life size , not just plus size.
4. Did you know that Sante Grace has a secret VIP list? Yes, and it was one that his clients had invented themselves! “We make a lot of clothes that never go into full-scale production. So when we make 6 or 8 copies of an item, I call customers who have spoken via email or social media about their favorite outfits.
5. They are connected to the community through links with the Plus Bus. “Jen Wilder and Marcy are partners in the Plus Bus and when I started production on Sante Grace, Jen was handling the line. The ladies were great and now part of the Sante Grace is sold at Plus Bus.
6. Tracy is a real talent agent! “I have been a talent agent for 25 years. Ha and I’m really good at it. I’ve been lucky enough to have clients who win Oscars, Golden Globes… We’ve seen celebrities wear Sante Grace to the Grammys before, but the first time I see someone at the Oscar in our clothes, I could cry.
Plot? Curious? Already a fan?
You can shop the new collection, now at SanteGrace.com!
For those curious, they currently carry up to a size 4X/28, with plans to further expand their size range soon. And YES, there is international shipping for our friends who are outside the United States.
Which items from the collection are you interested in? What do you think of this new designer and his collection?
Let us know what you think and which items are at the top of your list!
PS. If you are in the LA area June 11e, meet Tracy at the Plus Bus Sante Grace Pop Up! Deets on their Instagram!