Since moving to Austin I have tried as much as possible to immerse myself into the Fashion industry and familiarize myself with local designers and boutiques. What I realised about Austin is although fashion industry is a little different and seems elusive compared to our European peers, they are very much fashionable here in Texas. Austin is a creators heaven, its bursting with creativity and up and coming artists, and designers.
I became familiar with Fashion X Austin and Austin Fashion Initiative. Fashion X is the leading fashion event producer in Texas with a mission to connect emerging brands direct to consumers. It is the leader in Austin, Dallas and Houston. Fashion X Austin is the alternative to Fashion week in Austin, only it runs throughout the year with different events. Austin Fashion Initiative (AFI) works to integrate across the broad ecosystem of the fashion and creative industries to establish and promote Austin-based fashion related businesses locally, nationally and internationally.
And so after attending Austin Fashion X event in March this year, I was introduced to a beautiful collection by a fashion designer called Katie Kime. Instantly I fell in love with her bold and vibrant prints and collections. And so when I came across an event that AFI was holding in Katie Kime’s headquarters I just knew I needed to attend.
Based in Austin, Texas Katie Kime is an emerging lifestyle brand of fashion, furniture, and accessories inspired by Katie’s own spirited approach to dressing both herself and her home. Her head quarters alone was a haven for creativity and beautiful fabrics. Her story is remarkable she worked hard to get where she is. In 2006, during her senior year at Duke, Katie hosted her first trunk show of reclaimed furniture, handmade frames out of vintage books, and custom note sets. Upon graduation she was sure that finding a way to design and manufacture not just one line, but many lines, was her calling. And so she set out on an ever-evolving journey of doing just that.
In January of 2014, Katie Kime’s online store opened for business, following on in 2015, Katie Kime opened their flagship store in the heart of downtown Austin. KK Cottage based in East Austin was launched in 2017 an event space and showroom for decorators and wholesale …on entering the headquarter the hallway with its beautiful bold camel wallpaper with real tassels hanging off it took my breathe away (Camel Wallpaper), her office throughout is aesthetically pleasing, a creators dream!
The office space is beautiful and I found it incredibly inspirational, a perfect space to get creatives and provoke a feel good emotion!
You’ll find story boards, and her inspiration and colourful fabrics scattered across the walls of the Headquarters, a customers and suppliers haven. And as you can see most of her inspiration comes from Globetrotting around the world.
Throughout the showrooom Katie features both classics and newly designed prints, currently lusting over a few of her pieces not to mention her jewelry below..and look at her stationary!!!!
If you want to know more or order any of the above, pop onto her website here
Definitely a designer to watch!
Until next time
PS I have not been paid or sponsored for this post or am I in any way affiliated