Meet our new intern, Kathryn!

In the past 2 weeks we have hired 3 brand new interns to help with PR & Social Media. In my last post you met Morgan, and now I'd like to introduce you to Kathryn Abrams! Kathryn is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a love for fashion, and as long as she's not a Packers fan I see a bright future for her at my company ;-) She took the time to answer some interview questions so you can get to know her -

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Have you always been interested in fashion & when did you realize you wanted to pursue a career in the fashion industry?

  • I have been interested in fashion from a very young age. As a child, I loved rummaging through my Grandma’s closet and playing dress-up. I would put on her pearl necklaces and pretend that I was a movie star. Perhaps surprisingly, I realized that I wanted to pursue a career in the fashion industry after I graduated from college. I felt unfulfilled in my career and decided to pursue my real passion. It took me awhile to realize that working in fashion was my true calling, but I am extremely excited to begin this new journey!

Why did you decide to intern at Kirsten Kuehn?

  • I first learned about Kirsten Kuehn through a close friend that was getting married. She was looking for someone that could add a touch of sparkle to her bridesmaid dresses and Kirsten was the perfect person! Once we visited her studio, I was immediately impressed by Kirsten’s creative and entrepreneurial spirit. I remember thinking to myself that it would be wonderful to work for such an inspired business. As an intern, I now have a chance to fulfill that wish.

Where do you find your inspiration?

  • I often derive my inspiration from fashion blogs and fashion magazines. Similarly, I love to “people watch” and observe how my peers express their individual style. Overall, I feel most inspired by New York City. The energy and rhythm of the city is unparalleled. It is a place where anything is possible and everything is fabulous. 

What makes you the happiest?

  • “The 3 F’s”: family, friends, and fashion! I feel most at peace when I am spending time with loved ones and wearing a great outfit.

What’s your biggest dream?

  • My biggest dream is to work in the fashion industry in some capacity. Ideally, I would love to have a career that incorporates writing and fashion. Becoming a fashion journalist or working at a fashion magazine would be immensely fulfilling. On an unrelated note…meeting Justin Timberlake is a pretty big dream as well!

If you could do anything in the world what would it be? There are NO limits.

  • If I could do anything in the world I would perform in a Broadway musical. I greatly admire anyone who can sing, dance, and act at such a high caliber. Stage performers exude an incredible amount of confidence and talent. There are no filters to hide behind and their work always takes place in a live setting. It would be great to have the opportunity to entertain audiences in that manner.

Who’s your style icon?

  • My style icon is Audrey Hepburn. I love her classic and sophisticated style. The outfits that Audrey wore many years ago still look fresh in today’s society. Her look is timeless and universally flattering. The fact that so many contemporary clothing items draw inspiration from Audrey’s style is a testament to its universal appeal. She is an undeniable style icon.

Make three wishes…

  1. Travel to Paris, France
  2. Own an English Bulldog
  3. Start my own fashion-based blog

Posted on February 8, 2013 and filed under From Our Interns.

Meet our new Intern, Morgan!

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We are so happy to introduce you to our new PR & Social Media Intern, Morgan Epperson. Morgan and I both graduated from Libertyville High School and she is now a sophomore studying Visual Communications at the University of South Carolina! She took the time to answer a few interview questions so we can all get to know her a little better :)

Have you always been interested in fashion & when did you realize you wanted to pursue a career in the fashion industry?

  • I have been interested in fashion since I was a little girl! Like most little girls I was always rummaging through my mother’s closet and trying on her shoes! I have been lucky enough to inherit some of her wonderful wardrobe. I realized I wanted to pursue a career in fashion when I was in middle school.  I got my first subscription to Teen Vogue magazine and it turned my world upside down.  My love for fashion has grown immensely since reading my first issue of Teen Vogue! 

Why did you decide to intern at Kirsten Kuehn?

  • I jumped on the opportunity as soon as I saw it! Being from the same hometown I have been a fan for a long time. I could not wait to become part of the team!

Where do you find your inspiration?

  • I find inspiration from traveling, which is one of my biggest passions.  I love to explore different cultures as well as their style. I also find my inspiration from my mom and sister who are great style icons!

What makes you the happiest?

  • Being around people who have the same dreams and aspirations as me make me happy.  When someone shares the same drive and love for fashion and the visual arts it helps motivate me to keep pursuing my dream! The key to my happiness by far though, is my family. They are my biggest supporters and want nothing more than to see me happy doing what I love most! 

What’s your biggest dream?

  • My biggest dream is to work for Teen Vogue in the photo or design department styling and running the photo shoots! 

If you could do anything in the world what would it be? There are NO limits.

  • If I could do anything in the world I would become an actress. I have been involved with theatre my entire life and have always dreamed of being in Hollywood! 

Who’s your style icon?

  • My style icon would have to be Blair Edie from the fashion blog Atlantic-Pacific. She has a very preppy style with a bit of an edge to it. Her style is very similar to mine and someday I hope my wardrobe can be as well put together as hers! 

Make three wishes…

  • 1. Spend my summer in New York City
  • 2. To be in a TV or Movie someday
  • 3. To own a Céline bag (in cobalt blue!)

I'm really excited to start working with Morgan, more to come soon!

xx Kirsten

Posted on February 2, 2013 and filed under From Our Interns.

COME WORK FOR US!

Job Description :

Kirsten Kuehn, a high-end, bridal accessories brand, is seeking Public Relations Interns. You will be in frequent correspondence with top wedding magazines, editors, and stylists. Interns will spend most of the time working in the studio, you will get to see first hand how a small business is run.

Company Description :

After two years at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in LA, Kirsten Kuehn launched her first collection in 2009 at the age of 20. Now based in Chicago, creations include an assortment of handmade ornamented bridal accessories, focusing on vintage glamour with a fresh perspective. Inspired by ethereal fabrics & dazzling crystals, Kirsten creates timeless eye-catching designs sure to make any bride sparkle on her special day. Kirsten's designs have been featured on the pages of The Knot, Cosmopolitan Bride, and Genlux to name a few.

Basic Info - 

  • Location: Chicagoland area - specifically Buffalo Grove, IL. 
  • 1-2 days a week
  • Internship Days & Hours are Flexible - (we can work around your school schedule if needed)
  • May qualify for school credit
  • Unpaid Internship - interns are gifted a few accessories of their choice from the collection
  • Gas Mileage, Lunch, and other expenses incurred during internship work hours are compensated
  • Laptop and access to a car is required - a smartphone is helpful as well
  • All ages welcome, Responsible High School students can apply
  • Start Date - ASAP

Tasks include - 

  • Update and create interesting content for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
  • Update Pinterest daily
  • Contribute original posts to the company's blog
  • E-blast with MailChimp
  • Reach out to wedding blogs
  • Track & send samples to media outlets 
  • Develop & maintain relationships with bloggers, celebrity stylists, and editors
  • Organize & assist at photo shoots
  • Brainstorm and execute promotional ideas

Desired Skills & Experience :

  • Social Media Savvy
  • An interest & passion for fashion or weddings 
  • Adobe Photoshop skills are a bonus
  • Excellent writing and grammar skills
  • Prior experience working or interning for a fashion brand is a plus
  • Detailed oriented, tasteful
  • Motivated & able to multitask
  • Great research skills

Email us at shop@kirstenkuehndesigns.com if this sounds like the job for you and let us know why you’d make the perfect intern!

Posted on January 27, 2013 and filed under Careers.

Kirsten Kuehn Interview

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season! I just got word that an interview I did for a magazine a few months ago unfortunately won't be published. So I figured why not post it here to give you all a little more information about myself and my creative process. I've also done a few interviews in the past for blogs such as The Excited Bride (link), Notable Inspiration (link), and InkCafe (link). 

So here we go! -

Where do you get your inspiration?

I primarily pull inspiration from Hollywood starlets in the 50s and 60s. Every girl loves Brigitte Bardot, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, and of course Audrey Hepburn. They all evoke such glamour and beauty in their own individual ways. Another source of inspiration is photographer Tim Walker's dreamlike work. I'm always motivated to create beautiful things after viewing his photographs. On top of all that, growing up I figure skated competitively from 5 years old until I was about 18. My mom is an amazing seamstress, she would make all of my costumes and load them with crystals. I think that's ultimately what sparked my love for fashion. 

How would you describe your own style?

I'm a big vintage fan, I've always been into the whole bohemian glam look. I'm very attracted to bold prints and colors - typically ethnic, floral, or animal print. A layer of leather, suede, fringe or fur never hurts. Always a touch of metallic jewelry or sequins. Big sunglasses are a must.

Who are your influences?

I am greatly influenced by Monique Lhuillier. I was introduced to her work in high school and fell in love immediately. When I picked a college I made sure to choose her alma mater, FIDM. Not only is she a talented designer, she also launched her line by herself. She started making wedding dresses as a hobby and it soon grew into a serious business. Knowing that she has been down a similar path keeps me driven.

If you could attend any fashion show in the world, which show would it be?

Stella McCartney, hands down! Her clothing & accessories all have a free spirited quality that I admire.

What are some challenges of being in the Midwest? (vs NY or LA)

The major issue with living in the Midwest is the lack of access to supplies. New York and Los Angeles have some wonderful fabric stores! It's also more difficult to network with professionals in the industry. However, dealing with these challenges has only made me stronger and pushed me to work harder. 

If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?

Georgina Chapman & Keren Craig, the ladies of Marchesa. Every collection this duo puts out leaves me speechless. The details of each gown are exquisite, the beadwork and embroidery are breathtaking. They never fail to fascinate me. I feel if I was to spend just an hour with them I would learn so much! 

What advice do you have for our readers that want to start their own brand?

There is this really lovely quote I heard from Conan O'Brien recently - 

"Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen"

It's so true. Too many young designers get caught up in the game and forget to stay grounded.  For me it's very important to remain down to earth. Try to be kind to everyone, you never know where those connections might lead you!

What do you like to do for fun?

I love being around animals! I'm really attached to my dog Frank, he's my child. I found him at a shelter and couldn't leave without him. He goes everywhere with me, he has the ability to lighten the mood in any situation. Just going to the dog park and playing with him is an ideal day. I'm the weird girl who talks to her dog in public. 

What are 3 items you can’t live without?

I'm a closet computer geek. I need my Macbook, iPhone, and Photoshop. Perhaps we could sneak in a tube of lipgloss as well? 

What’s one thing you’d never wear?

I'm pretty open to trying new things but you will never spot me wearing Crocs, ever. If you know someone who owns a pair, it's time for an intervention. They have hit rock bottom. Friends don't let friends wear Crocs!

What was your greatest accomplishment of 2012?

Ever since I started in the wedding industry my primary goal was to be featured in The Knot. So when I received an email from an editor asking for samples I nearly fainted. That was definitely the highlight of my year! 

If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?

My best friend Gina launched a clothing line called Gina Marie Vintage. We have a line of dresses and capes that will be coming out soon. If her and I could focus on collaborating for a whole year, the results would be magical!

If you could style any bride for her wedding, who would it be?

When I think "fairytale wedding" I think Taylor Swift. Her wedding is going to be spectacular! Hopefully when that time comes I'll be designing her accessories. Fingers crossed!

Can you describe a challenge you came across while customizing a piece for someone that turned out better than you thought?

A few months ago I had a bride ask me to create a pair of custom made gloves inspired by Ines Di Santo's Spring/Summer 2010 collection. I'm always up for a challenge but I never expected it to be so difficult. Making gloves takes a lot of skill and practice. It took a while to get them perfect but it was definitely worth it! They turned out better than I could have ever imagined! 

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever designed?

During one of my courses at FIDM, my team and I were assigned to create a ball gown out of nothing but plain white paper. The entire dress was made from paper, down to the lace detailing. It was one of the most difficult yet fulfilling projects I've ever worked on. 

What would you wear in your own wedding?

Oh boy! This question frightens me a bit, only because I know I won't be able to settle on just one look. So far the Reem Acra gown that Olivia Wilde wore to the 2008 Emmy's is my dream dress, but there are so many more that I adore. Fair warning to my future wedding guests, expect at least 5 outfit changes :)

I hope you all enjoyed this! 

xx Kirsten

Posted on December 29, 2012 and filed under Press.