Designer Bio

Founded by Maria Pucci and Robert Pucciariello in New York City, Gramercy Atelier has been creating bespoke garments for the special events of discerning ladies since 2010.  Maria’s professional experience in fashion began at Fashion Institute of Technology where she was then discovered by Quadrille Couture’s creative director at the time, Magali Benezet.

After a brief apprenticeship, Maria took over the position of creative director and continued to implement all she had learned from her French predecessor in keeping the signature look of the brand. Her passion as a designer since those first days has always been: attention to detail, meticulous tailoring and striving for the ultimate high fashion look.

Robert, a graduate of Williams College, has always cultivated a worldly outlook due in large part to his Classics and European Art History studies there. He loves to participate in the search for new fabrics especially when travels take them to Italy where he lived for a year studying classical architecture and Italian. He brings his financial acumen to Gramercy Atelier developed from a 15-year career on Wall Street.

The Gramercy Atelier name comes from the place where Maria and Robert had one of their first dates more than 15 years ago. They had a romantic outing in New York City’s Gramercy Park—and now design at the New York atelier just steps away.


Our Philosophy

We are proud to make our entire apparel line in Gramercy Atelier’s  Flatiron District Manhattan studio and also at our production facility located 15 blocks away in the garment district.

We work with local craftsmen who have decades of experience in fashioning that particular detail on an item. Whether it is the button that is hand-dyed to match a fabric’s color and sheen or a trim - locally sourced at one of the old-time shops tucked away in a secret corner of New York City known only to those in the trade. The only part of a Gramercy Atelier product that does not originate from New York City is our fabric which is typically sourced from a carefully chosen European mill.

All of these elements have been brought together in-house where our expert craftsmen work from the first fabric cut straight through to the very last stitch. No assembly line, no factory just old-world care and attention to detail.

Charles Eames said it best: "The details are not details, they make the product."

This is our core belief: imbued in our work, ingrained in our process, inspired by the result.


History

We began designing collections in 2010 when Maria Pucci, formerly the creative director for the fabric house Quadrille, came up with a simple idea in the dynamic world of fashion. Rather than chase the latest trends, she would create several elegant styles that could stand the test of time. These core styles formed the cornerstone of her collection and became the canvas on which she would express a vision based on the fabric and details that she selected.

The current “fast fashion” industry model is to produce new collections every four to six months. We decided, instead, to let the final products speak for themselves. As the majority of our work is custom made for special occasions such as Mother of the Bride and various galas and events, we design ensembles based on our customer’s schedule and requirements.

  • Need an outfit for a mid-winter party in August?
  • Need to plan a June wedding ensemble in January?
  • Special event happening next month in a location far from home with a different local flavor and weather consideration?

This is our specialty: to create something that not only looks fabulous but feels amazing since it is made specifically for you.

Today you have an overwhelming variety of choices – especially when it comes to fashion shopping – whether at a full-service department store or online with an unlimited number of eCommerce websites. But even if you succeed in finding the perfect outfit, you are then challenged with getting it to fit perfectly. All of this can lead to an unpleasant experience. At Gramercy, we like to think that shopping for that special occasion can be fun again. We take care of all the details that lead to disappointment and frustration.

You come to us and we design for your color, figure and occasion.
With Gramercy Atelier, you have a nearly limitless catalog of resources available to you.