Nihan Topaloğlu


“I discovered art as the best way to fulfill my desire for self-expression at my early 20s and hence studied History of Art as an undergraduate degree. Following my studies, I realized that fashion is an art of form which can help me reach further self-realization through satisfying my aesthetic drive. Therefore, I welcomed a new challenge and studied Fashion Design in Istanbul and New York.

During my college years, I have attended many fashion shows and organizations. I have also won the first place in Tommy Hilfiger Design Competition with my modern caftan design, which enabled me to spend a summer as an intern at headquarters of Tommy Hilfiger.  My internship at their women’s outerwear department made me realize that I have a differentiated view and a competitive edge in this segment.

My education has not only provided me the knowledge required to follow my dreams but also gave the strength and self-confidence necessary to excel in a competitive, always changing industry. I started working as the head designer for one of the leading leather and fur brands in Turkey as soon as I moved back to Istanbul. My years there gave me the opportunity to navigate through different materials and mix them in harmony using different techniques. Gaining experience in different levels of production encouraged me to establish my own brand to reflect my aesthetic drive more flexibly. Hence, L’Atelier Cache was born in 2014.


I have always prioritized comfort and focused on details to differentiate my designs without compromising the quality. Under this principle,  I aspire to design everlasting pieces that are inspired by everyday life – the present rather than the past or the future. I aim to achieve quality and ease of use through having elegant and plain cuts, while enriching the look through sophisticated fabrics, and differentiated details. My philosophy can be summarized as to design clothes which will not be forgotten in your wardrobe but will carry you off your feet each and every time.”


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