Uye Surana is an independent lingerie brand based out of a small studio in NYC, where dreamy things are delicately made. Aside from lingerie, we also make an assortment of loungewear, clothing, jewelry, beauty products & more. Each design utilizes high-quality materials — airy silks, easy mesh, intricate lace — meticulously handcrafted, often by the designer herself.
Founder & designer Monica Wesley started Uye Surana in 2013. In her own life as a busy designer, she needed clothing & lingerie that was comfortable, feminine, and beautiful. Aesthetically, she was inspired by the romance and peace found in nature, but her urban life required her to be comfy, active, and stylish all at once. Experimenting with modern lines, soft textures, and multi-functional designs, she realized that lingerie was the space where she could make the biggest difference in people’s lives with her designs.
People wear lingerie on a daily basis, but so much of the industry caters to chasing allure for another person’s gaze. Monica realized that something was missing, so she started designing lingerie as beautiful as it is comfortable — making the wearer feel and look beautiful and comfortable, just for themselves. The end result: dreamy pieces that are sweetly seductive, meticulously crafted in lush fabrics, with a perfect, personal fit.
In 2015, Monica moved all of our lingerie production entirely in-house and continued developing our specialty niche — supportive bralettes. We realized that many people find underwire bras uncomfortable and were turning to bralettes for a change of pace, but there’s a big problem: most people are sized out of bralettes that only come in S/M/L sizing, with no projection between the band and cup.
Monica re-engineered the traditional soft bralette and invented a new technique for sizing their patterns and crafting them. The construction techniques she invented are currently patent-pending and have given hundreds of customers daily comfort and support. Her innovation makes these light, effortless designs wearable and comfortable for a wider range of sizes.
Here at Uye Surana, commitment to comfort & beauty and our dedication to small, in-house, sustainable production techniques places us in a very unique position. We are one of the only lingerie brands currently serving such a wide size range, and we are possibly the only ones who can confidently say that our soft, no-wire styles have been specifically optimized to work for such a wide range of people. We view bringing our bralettes to everyone as a way to bring comfort back to lingerie. It’s also tied in with the rest of our morals as a brand, like the slow fashion movement, sustainable production goals, and representing more bodies and more people in fashion.
Uye Surana lingerie embodies a mindful approach to design, from concept to construction. Since we have full control over our in-house production, we have the unique ability to assure quality craftsmanship while making constant improvements and innovations towards even more sustainable manufacturing. Many of our styles are designed cohesively and later cut harmoniously from the same fabric, rather than separately, to reduce waste. Also, lots of our most striking and beloved pieces feature special coloration techniques, like utilizing natural materials such as flower petals, or uniquely hand-dyed techniques that preserve resources while remaining stylish, eye-catching, and totally our own.
Our materials are sourced from a healthy and growing list of local suppliers, some trusted overseas suppliers, and a proportion of reclaimed deadstock. All of these strategies for better, more whole design have made the line a favorite with ethical shoppers, along with stylish women & those just seeking everyday comfort and beauty.