About Our Head Designer

Nanaz Hatami, the visionary designer behind Tessa James, brings more than 40 years of experience and expertise to our thoughtfully considered brand. Having graduated from a prestigious art school in Iran, Nanaz has devoted her life to designing and working as a trusted consigliere with world renowned brands including Valentino, Prada, Yves Saint Laurent, and Oscar de la Renta.

In addition, she collaborates with prominent stylists to create glamorous looks on major celebrities such as Meryl Streep, Kate Hudson, Naomi Campbell, Kerry Washington, and Katy Perry. She is a respected and established resource in the industry, and Tessa James is honored to be a part of her illustrious career. A mother of two and grandmother herself, Nanaz takes pride in creating timeless, well-made pieces that her own granddaughter can wear.