About Dress Abstract

— our story —

Wearable Art for a Sustainable World

Timeless. Conscious. Signed. 

We sell more than just clothing, we sell art. Our wearable lines are created to have the same timeless appeal as a museum painting.  Each piece of clothing is inspected, tracked and signed, like any limited edition piece of art -- making for a perfect collectible item.  Mindfully Created in USA by partnering with those who sustainably support refugees and displaced peoples everywhere.


Supporting Artists, together.

Supporting Refugees, together.

Supporting America, together.

We believe that clothing is just another canvas.  Our team of specialists, designers and artists work together to translate the beauty of art from canvas to clothing.  Through our innovative process, we spend months studying the painting and canvas before transforming it into clothing.  We produce as few as 50 pieces in limited runs. Purchase while supplies last.

Our socially-conscious products are made by Refugee Artisans living in America that we help support and employ by enabling them to practice the creative art they love.  This also includes working with vendors who support the same mission of helping displaced peoples everywhere.

Made in America, our team inspects each article for quality and consistency. The artist then inspects, signs and certifies each piece, connecting our clients directly with the creative hand that brought you the piece. Just like a painting in an art gallery, we hand certify, sign and track each clothing item, so you know you are wearing an art piece as unique as you.  Each product is numbered and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.



— founded on principles of timelessness and sustainability — 

 In the Spring of 2014, Nima Veiseh founded Dress Abstract as a doctoral researcher in Design and Sustainable Economics.

 Although he worked as a professional painter to pay his way through school, he never expected to find himself in fashion.  However, it became clear during his studies that there were two important opportunities to help sustainability in the clothing industry.

First, there is an enormous amount of material waste and pollution created by the fashion industry.  He discovered that clothing made up over 5% of the American landfills, or 14 million pounds per year, just because people throw away their out-of-season and worn-down items.

Second, there was an enormous amount of talent waste in America.  While traveling through over 40 countries, Nima saw that the textiles industry provided among the most jobs and training to folks in developing countries.

Much like his own parents, many of these individuals emigrated or sought refugee status in the United States.  Immigrants are the foundation of America, and he saw the talented tailors and artists being ignored for employment as unsustainable for a thriving America.  

The solution was clear: employ neglected refugee talent in the US to make timeless pieces of wearable art, that never need to be thrown away.  Although you may toss old shirts, dresses or bed sheets, the one fabric that never gets thrown away is the painting canvas on your wall. At Dress Abstract, our team treats your clothing like a canvas as unique as you: ignoring trends and focusing on creating treasures that can be embraced by all generations.

We guarantee our quality, and if ever one of our items needs to be recycled, we will send you a free shipping label to return it for a gift certificate toward your next item.


— our team —

building a sustainable world together 

Each member of the Dress Abstract (DA) team has a passion for art, design and the idea of leaving the world a more sustainable, beautiful place.


Nima Veiseh -- Dress Abstract --

Nima Veiseh

Production Designer & Sustainability Management


Kylie Cash

Service & Art Coordinator



Harrison Puterbaugh

Production & Graphic Designer


Giorgio Carvallo

Technical & 3D-Engine Lead 


Jonathan Ackaoui

Production Analyst & Photographer


Fiona Fong

Business Development



— wear your art on your sleeve —

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1825 7th Street NW -- Washington, D.C. 20001 USA