Designer Spotlight: Natalie Martin


Designer Spotlight: Natalie Martin

Learn about the woman behind summer’s coveted cotton essentials


Natalie Martin is a true global designer. She is a Los Angeles designer (but was originally from Noosa!) and her materials and custom motifs are sourced from the paradisiacal island of Bali. This unique mix of Australian summer effortlessness with cool LA street style and traditional craftsmanship has made her synonymous with elevated summer dressing all over the world. Her pieces have been spotted on everyone from Miranda Kerr to Rhianna to January Jones and are loved for their versatility and individuality – and for the fact they’re made from light cotton for those hot days!

As a lover of summer style herself, Natalie designed her line to meet her own fashion needs.

“The range really is a reflection of my personal style, which is very relaxed. It has a high sense of glamour, but it’s also understated; a lot of the dresses can be thrown on over a swimsuit and worn out. It’s basically my perfect summer wardrobe.”

What Makes A Natalie Martin Piece A “Natalie Martin” Piece?

Some of our Calexico designers have a huge cult following – and Natalie Martin is one of them. If you’re wearing one of her breezy dresses or billowing tops, expect people to stop and ask you “is that a Natalie Martin?”. It’s all thanks to her one of a kind cotton pieces. Natalie’s pursuit of unique fabrics and patterns has taken her on adventures across the globe, but she has always been inspired by the distinctive and ages old batik prints of Bali. All of her pieces are sourced and handmade on the islands and each fabric is carefully selected with the intention of creating effortless and feminine silhouettes that are comfortable yet quietly luxurious. Natalie personally works in partnership with local artisans who bring her custom motifs to life by using traditional Batik and hand screen printing methods. The line is then produced by a small Balinese factory that is exclusively dedicated to their brand. Because all of her pieces are handmade, no two are exactly alike, giving the collection its unique charm and beauty. Again, expect to be stopped by those “that know”.

How To Style Your Natalie Martin

One of our senior stylists, Eva, actually worked at Natalie Martin’s flagship store in one of Los Angeles coolest neighbourhoods. Perhaps, you’ve seen her on the Calexico ’gram floating effortlessly through the store in a Natalie Martin maxi or a Remy Top. Get her tips for styling your NM piece:

Belt It or Keep It Billowy:

The beautiful thing about Natalie Martin dresses and tops is that you can choose to keep them loose and relaxed or accentuate your silhouette. For a billowy look keep them uncinched and untucked, for a more fitted style cinch them at the waist with a belt or tuck them into your jeans or shorts.

Belt It or Keep It Billowy:

The beautiful thing about Natalie Martin dresses and tops is that you can choose to keep them loose and relaxed or accentuate your silhouette. For a billowy look keep them uncinched and untucked, for a more fitted style cinch them at the waist with a belt or tuck them into your jeans or shorts.

Not Just For The Beach or For Summer:

Although these are made for beach to bar dressing, don’t be fooled – a Natalie Martin can hold its own (and then some) on city streets. Swap gladiator sandals for sneakers for a stylish off duty look. In colder months pair back with some knee high suede boots and a chunky knit for elevated winter style.

Not Just For The Beach or For Summer:

Although these are made for beach to bar dressing, don’t be fooled – a Natalie Martin can hold its own (and then some) on city streets. Swap gladiator sandals for sneakers for a stylish off duty look. In colder months pair back with some knee high suede boots and a chunky knit for elevated winter style.

Made to Accessorise:

Button down necklines and roll us sleeves give you plenty of room to display your best summer jewellery. Load up on layered necklaces, play with colourful cuffs and bracelets, and add a Nick Fouquet hat for a sophisticated bohemian look.

Made to Accessorise:

Button down necklines and roll us sleeves give you plenty of room to display your best summer jewellery. Load up on layered necklaces, play with colourful cuffs and bracelets, and add a Nick Fouquet hat for a sophisticated bohemian look.

Our latest Natalie Martin drop has hit Calexico but just like summer – it won't last forever. Shop one of the season’s most coveted designers while it lasts online!


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