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The Story of NUAN™

NUAN is the label of Irish-born designer Caoimhe Ryan. Founded in 2006, NUAN has built its reputation with a dedication to classic, elegant, and modern styles created from cashmere of the highest quality.

After working on Wall St in the 1990s, former investment banker Caoimhe Ryan moved to Hong Kong with her family. Like in any major city, she saw an obvious disparity between the haves and have-nots. Following in the footsteps of her late father who was passionate about supporting children living in poverty, Caoimhe became involved with the causes her father had devoted his life to.

Then in late 2005, a chance meeting in Shanghai with an expert tailor offered Caoimhe an opportunity.

Both an artist and sculptor, Caoimhe could now indulge the creativity she had struggled to fulfil during her banking career. This tailor introduced Caoimhe to the softest, most luxurious cashmere with which she started to design her own cashmere knitwear line. As the collection grew, NUAN began to host regular pop-up events in local country clubs in support of local charities and has since grown NUAN into what it is today. NUAN currently has an online store and is carried in a number of USA luxury boutiques.

Caoimhe’s attention to detail is now the cornerstone of the brand – a result of humble beginnings designing custom knitwear for friends and family.  Over time this has resulted in a loyal following of her collection.  The brand encompasses a recognisable, yet a uniquely personal sense of modern classic timeless style and quality that sets its designs apart from other labels.

NUAN, which means ‘warm’ in Mandarin Chinese, offers unique cashmere products made of the purest yarns and quality craftsmanship. NUAN’S overriding commitment is to provide timeless, tailored style, quality and comfort with a total dedication to excellence. A signature element of the brand is the expertise to offer tailor-made cashmere clothing for the discerning client.

NUAN’s logo, the four-leaf clover, embraces Caoimhe’s cultural heritage and symbolises faith, hope, love, and luck.

Our Mission

At the core of Caoimhe’s mission is to provide much-loved investment apparel to a discerning clientele who believes “less is more”. We are dedicated to classic, elegant and modern cashmere of the highest standards and with a notable touch of design difference.

We pride ourselves on offering unique, 100% cashmere styles using the purest yarns and quality craftsmanship to express the timeless beauty of this wonderful coveted yarn.

NUAN offers exclusive cashmere collections with the goal of making one feel confident, elegant & chic.

The NUAN customer is contemporary and classy. They are independent, stylish and can multitask in all aspects of their home and professional lives. They love to travel and are true global citizens.

Dedicated Charities

Caoimhe has an avid personal interest in charities that directly benefit children. In fact, she initially established NUAN in 2006 to help raise money for several organizations that are very close to her heart. Throughout the year, she participates in many charity and fundraising events and donates a percentage of the sales to them.

Sanctuary for Families

Sanctuary for Families is New York’s leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and related forms of gender violence. Sanctuary empowers our clients to move from fear and abuse to safety and stability, transforming lives through a comprehensive range of services. Last year, we served over 10,000 adults and children through legal and clinical services, economic empowerment support, shelter, and programming for children and youth.

PO Box 1406, Wall Street Station, New York, NY 10268