After having run an acclaimed eponymous atelier out of the Lower East Side, self-taught designer and painter Marine Penvern has restructured her practice to offer a range of made-to-order autre couture adult and children's apparel, as well as commissioned artwork and portraiture, all from her Tribeca studio.

Having spent her childhood years growing up on a centuries-old manor in Brittany, France, Penvern's influences are Celtic, Bohemian, and classical. Much of her early life, she spent making collages out of fashion magazines or teaching herself draftsmanship by copying the 17th Century Old Master Engravings. Clothing and art became ways for Penvern to fashion a world for herself out of her imagination, and out of her childhood.

At the age of nineteen, Penvern moved to New York City and quickly launched a career as an in-demand painter of sets for professional theater, opera, film and television, commercials, music videos, book jackets and, eventually, for fashion. Clients included Annie Leibovitz, Oprah, and Spike Lee, to name a few.

It was during these watershed years that Marine discovered what would become her signature way of making clothing, designing her own patterns straight into fabric, starting with wool.

In 2004, Marine opened her atelier and began selling her fashions, her artwork, and--on occasion--picking up her saxophone and hosting evenings of jazz.

Penvern now swings between her homes in Tribeca and upstate New York.

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