In the Spring of 2017, designer Alexandra O'Neill launched Markarian as a luxury womenswear label. She wanted to create what she was always looking for: beautiful, well-made, flattering clothing that is exciting to wear. Named after a particularly radiant grouping of galaxies, Markarian combines Alexandra's love of the cosmos and celestial romanticism with timeless design and modern silhouettes.
Alexandra believes strongly in supporting the fine craftsmanship that the US offers. Markarian's Ready-to-Wear and Bridal collections are made and hand-finished in New York City's Garment Center, the Autumn-Winter 2020 knitwear collection is made in Los Angeles' fashion district, and all accessories are made by artisans in NYC.
“My grandmother GiGi taught me how to sew at the age of 10. From then on, I started designing and making clothing with her help. Growing up in rural Colorado, we had no neighbors for miles in any direction. At night, when we turned out all the lights in the house and looked outside, all we could see was complete darkness and the light from the stars in the sky. If I looked long enough, I would always see at least one shooting star. The sky that I saw when I was young was infinite, and that is what I loved most about it. The magic of those childhood moments still inspires me. I often think it is that magic that led me to focus on antiquities in college - the romantic notion of mythology and the human desire to create sense of the workings of the cosmos." –Alexandra O’Neill