Handcrafted in painstaking detail in the farm cottages and servants’ quarters of continental Europe, using the finest fabrics from the East India trade.....

Worn with elegance and panache for centuries, at the Grand Balls and the Royal Command Performances at the finest palaces, castles and concert halls.....

Passed from generation to generation at mothers’ knees, and carried across the seas in the hearts and minds of the adventurous and the hopeful on steamships to the Americas.....

Re-born and re-vitalized in the American spirit when the Charleston swept the speakeasies, and when Big Bands ruled the radio and defined the social scene, when returning servicemen let loose at all-night Lindy Hops.....

Nurtured and evolved to this day in every town and city in America in every little girl’s ballet recital costume, and in every big girl’s high school Prom dress, and in every proudly-worn Mother-of-the Bride gown, and in the elegant costumes at every major Ballroom and Latin dance competition across the continent.....

Influenced by the sass and flounce of a Buenos Aires Tango, and by the glitz of an international soiree in Dubai, and by the real and virtual fashion runways of our instantly-linked wired environment.....

..... and in today’s world of televised reality and instant entertainment, featured in the unique and buzz-worthy costumes created by Designs To Shine, each one personally handcrafted in every painstaking detail for competitors on Dancing With The Stars, on So You Think You Can Dance, in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.....

..... now, that very same creative team launches Stoned Axle, upscale contemporary business casual and casual business women’s apparel. Bringing the fit and movement of Ballroom to women of all body types. Continuing the our unique process of design, each piece begins by draping and cutting on human mannequins, in the traditional way, passed from generation to generation, for the discerning woman who dresses with elegance and panache.....

Designed & Manufactured in the USA