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Fashion

By JUDY GOPPERT

Kansas City has long been a mecca for high fashion and creative endeavors showcased by inherently original designers at many events and venues throughout the year. In a collaborative effort, designers, models, stylists and artists come together to make Kansas City Fashion Week an event on par with big city runways. Designers from around the world show off their creations to the thousands who flock to the 18th Street Fashion Show, an outdoor urban runway in the city’s Crossroads Art+Design District. The Garment District in downtown Kansas City was once a major hub known for well-made products using quality fabrics, second in size only to New York. Today, the tradition continues as designers and boutiques populate the city, bringing a new age of fashion into the heart of the Midwest. Jennifer Janesko, Kansas City-born creator of Janesko Jewelry, enjoyed a 20-year career in

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fine art before launching her jewelry collection in 2012. Her background allows her to apply the fundamentals of art to each design, focusing on balance, composition, color and texture. Her innovative jewelry is available locally at Hall’s, fine boutiques in Kansas City, and nationally at select Bloomingdale’s department stores. Peregrine Honig is another bright shining star in the art world of Kansas City. This San Francisco-born talent moved to Kansas City at age 17 to attend the Kansas City Art Institute. Honig now owns an intimate apparel apothecary and swimwear boutique, Birdies, located in the Crossroads Arts District. This beautiful 500-sq.ft., boutique features garments which are hand selected and carefully displayed. A relaxing environment, this eclectic locale is the sweetest place to reward yourself or someone you love to an elegant piece of clothing.

By way of Colorado and Huntington Beach, California, Matt Baldwin, founder and designer of Baldwin Denim, moved to Kansas City in 2003. He began as denim shop owner, buyer and seller, and in 2009, realized that an American-made denim brand applying modern design aesthetics to ultra-premium Japanese and American selvage denim was rare. Baldwin Denim’s flagship store is on the Country Club Plaza. Niall designer timepieces are truly timeless pieces in every sense of the word. Founder Mike Wilson drew his inspiration from his ancestor, who believed in standing for honor and good. With a focus on American manufacturing, these veritable works of art are featured at Tivol, a local fine jeweler. The storied Paolini Garment Company continues to showcase its tailor custom-made clothing. With roots stemming from the 1930s, Tom Paolini is focused on building a clothing brand that emulates quality and customer service. The official clothier of Sporting KC, Kansas City’s Major League Soccer team, the company brings enjoyment to the experience of fine-tailored clothing. n

KC Options | 2015-2016  

In this issue of KC Options learn about Kansas City’s dynamic tech scene and the companies developing revolutionary products and services fr...

KC Options | 2015-2016  

In this issue of KC Options learn about Kansas City’s dynamic tech scene and the companies developing revolutionary products and services fr...