Lingerie store Soleil Toile will host a joint event with New Canaan-based Atelier360 Thursday, Oct. 13, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Soleil Toile, 44 Elm St.

Atelier360 will showcase the new season's clothing collections from its roster of European, American, Asian and African designers, kicking off a series of shows to be held in cities across the U.S.

Amid appetizers and beverages, Soleil Toile associates will offer customized foundation fittings to those attending.

Atelier360 specializes in artisanal luxury fashion. From hand-embroidered day dresses to long gowns for the most formal of occasions, each piece is either one-of-a-kind or of a limited run. The fashions in Atelier360's collection can be custom measured and ordered to fit each individual customer perfectly.

Atelier360's collection also includes fine silk accessories including hand-dyed scarves and apparel composed of silk that has been handwoven and treated in innovative ways to produce a completely unique fabric.

Atelier360 was founded by New Canaan resident Veronique Lee three years ago. While traveling, she discovered several world-class designers who were producing couture level clothing of exceptional quality.

"The moment I saw Romyda Keth's work, I fell in love with the sophistication of the clothes and the remarkable detail in the workmanship," Lee said. "Her sense of color coupled with cuts that are so flattering to women's bodies were a revelation."

Lee was also impressed with Eric Raisina's work.

"Eric is a master textile designer whose fabrics have been used by Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Lacroix and other French designers. He has a patented process for producing `silk fur' that shows his innovative and original style."

Since 2008, Lee has added several new artists' lines to the collection including textiles from master weaver Carol Cassidy and tribal jewelry designed by Fabrice Munio of Luang Prabang, Laos. In addition to preserving centuries old techniques such as silk weaving and silver work, these designers' ateliers provide employment opportunities for indigenous artisans and offer economic development in their local communities. Atelier360 is dedicated to preserving the culture of artisanship throughout the world. To contact Atelier360 or find out more information about upcoming trunk shows, visit www.atelier360.com.

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