The Story

Zeynep Arçay is the founder and creative director of her namesake, women’s designer brand. Based in Istanbul, Zeynep Arçay is a smart, sophisticated collection of edgy silhouettes, created for the modern woman.

Prior to launching her brand in 2013, Arçay served as a top executive in the technology industry for long years. The decision to pursue a lifelong dream of creating her own fashion brand was born from her desire to apply her strength, passion and business savvy to a new endeavor that would reflect her style and sensibilities and also represent her roots.

Since leather has always been her favorite texture - one she believes has the ability to make a woman look unique, stylish and strong - Arçay’s initial focus was on fine leathers. She quickly developed relationships with the top tanneries and fabric suppliers in Italy, France and Turkey, and swiftly assembled her own leather atelier with a team of expert raftsman.

Her vision was to give leather a new identity and she did so by working with paperthin leathers so lightweight they could be contorted and manipulated like any other fabric. The result was stunning, fashion-forward pieces that were elegant with an incredible fit. She rounded out the collection with a variety of other luxury fabrics to help complete the full looks she wanted to achieve.

Her vision was validated when the luxury Turkish department store Beymen asked to carry the collection exclusively starting with the first season.

Zeynep Arçay embodies a timeless, sophisticated aesthetic that is both strong and feminine. With a focus on impeccable fit, quality fabrics and handmade designs, Arçay continues to create innovative fashion for the modern woman.

With Fall/Winter 2017, the brand has entered the U.S. market through Moda Operandi and along with various luxury boutiques.

Arçay currently resides in Istanbul with her husband and son.