“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication” - Leonardo DaVinci
White button-down men's shirt.
Sleeves loosely rolled up his forearms.
Worn jeans with a seasoned leather belt.
Salt and Pepper straight hair and an illuminating smirk.
My Dad was an artist whose minimalist uniform encapsulated his larger than life personality. He made simple more sophisticated than anyone I have ever known, and in the process, he unknowingly sparked my lifelong love affair with re-inventing everyday classic men’s looks into women’s couture.
I've always found myself wearing my version of that outfit while rethinking, reworking, and redoing how it could be worn. The physical boundaries of the men’s shirts are what ignites my creativity and design process. To this day, I still get the biggest rush from 'pulling' the next batch of vintage shirts to offer them another life. Digging through and seeing what the potential of an otherwise forgotten shirt to repurpose in the hopes of making women feel empowered and alive!
Everyone has their favorite shirt that was their boyfriend's, their husband’s, or even their father’s. You can't deny that bond, that emotional tie that can come from the memory of one shirt. At KMJ we want to give you the chance to make that memory a fashion statement all your own. To let you turn something simple into your own type of sophisticated.
I've always had an eye for fashion.
As far back as five years old, I remember creating my first “piece” out of a white Hanes shirt and corralling my friends to perform a fashion show at our parent’s dinner party. But my real first experience with design came as one of the winners for the 1998 Young Designer of America Competition sponsored by the Ashton-Drake Galleries. I created a design for the 'Gene' Doll which was produced and presented at the Toy Fair in NYC. It was my ticket to Art school and the beginning of my career in several facets of the fashion industry.
It didn’t take long before I quit my retail job as a buyer to pursue my passion and spearhead my first brand to create what women wanted by designing pants that fit like jeans. Several years later, I am still pursuing my dream with every shirt KMJ repurposes. Creating clothing that will empower women to feel even better about themselves while taking part of a movement that the future is female.
I watch my young girls get ready each morning. They put together their outfits and dance in front of the mirror with this sense of fantasy and self-expression. That's the magic I want them to hold onto while dreaming big, and the magic I want women to feel when they put on one of my shirts!