Aug 27 2013
Kieley Kimmel is a womenswear lady to watch– and not take your eyes off of. She is an LA based, Texas grown, clothing designer who has been absolutely dominating with her knowledge of color-theory and experience in textile design. Her pieces are delicate yet filled with contrast that pulls you in. Kieley will be showing her SS14 line at Capsule New York Womens, but to get you going, we interviewed her on the line, inspiration and her life in the fashion world.
We Are The Market: What prompted you to start designing?
Kieley Kimmel: I come from a family of women who are very skilled in patternmaking and sewing. Because of their influence, I knew from a young age that I wanted to be involved in fashion in some way, but struggled to decide between design and fine art. After I was introduced to textile design, I realized that I could merge fine-art practice with fashion to create wearable, yet fine-art focused garments.
Talk a little bit about the inspiration behind the SS14 collection
I work closely with my sister Erin Kimmel, to come up with each season’s concept. We had been talking a lot about Walter Benjamin’s sprawling non-fiction surrealist epic, The Arcades Project, which uses the iron and glass roof arcades in 19th century Paris as an apparatus to investigate Parisian society’s transition from a culture of production to one of consumption. This quickly led us to thinking about Sutro Baths, the massive 19th century public bathhouse along the coast in San Francisco. The luxurious complex contained seven swimming pools and the power of the Pacific Ocean during high tide could fill the 1.7 million gallons of water required for all the pools in just one hour. Sutro Baths burned down in 1966 and growing up in San Francisco we passed the ruins on our way to school everyday. The collection explores what Sutro Baths was and represented in its heyday: bath themes, concrete surfaces, light and space, water, watermarks, and comfort and the emergence of leisure culture.
Describe the line in one or two words… Wearable and idiosyncratic
What are some brands you’re admiring right now? I’ve never worn a lot of jewelry but lately I’m obsessed with Kathleen Whitaker and WWAKE. I also love Marfa Brand Soap.
What is one trend you can’t wait to see gone? Facial piercings
When you wake up in the morning the first thing you do is…Coffee.
What’s always in your purse? An Astier De Villatte notebook and a hand-woven wallet I purchased at FREDA store in Marfa, TX.
Who inspires you to do what you do? Friends and family
If you weren’t designing womenswear, what would you be doing? Living in Marfa, Texas, creating paintings and textile design development
Your drink of choice? Hendricks and tonic
Favorite place for lunch? Nick’s Café in Los Angeles
If you could raid any fictional or real person’s closet, whose would it be? Iris Apfel
Check back for the full lookbook and see it all at Capsule New York Womens, Sept 15-17.