We were so excited to meet up with talented fashion designer, Katie Fong, and visit her beautiful boutique (opened mid-April) on 60 Lewis Street, right off of Greenwich Avenue. Having grown up in Greenwich, CT, after high school, Katie attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and interned for Oscar de la Renta for three years. In 2013 she launched her eponymous label at age 22. While most young designers are trying to determine their target market, Katie knew hers immediately - the women of Greenwich, whose style she describes as effortlessly elegant.
Spring 2015 marks Katie's third ready-to-wear collection and she also does a thriving business in made-to-measure pieces for local women. Apart from her Greenwich store and Manhattan studio, Katie's collection is currently sold exclusively online through the upscale Taigan.com. Her design aesthetic is inspired by the artisan traditions of the great European and American ateliers and highlights of her collection include feminine silhouettes using the finest fabrics and details such as lace and intricate embroidery, all manufactured in New York City. For those who live in the area, a stop by Katie's boutique is a must!
style icons: Olivia Palermo for modern day styling, and Grace Kelly; her style was so timeless and effortlessly elegant.
favorite designers: I’ve always been inspired by Oscar de la Renta (I worked alongside him and his team for 3 years) and Christian Dior in the 50’s.
favorite stores: The Katie Fong Boutique! We just opened in April, and have partnered up with some wonderful accessory vendors to create a unique and inviting shopping experience.
handbag: The Belgian Bag by Hayden Lasher – I take my black one everywhere.
shoes: Manolo Blahnik heels, Chanel Flats… I probably have a dozen Jack Rogers for the summer.
denim: J Brand or Rag and Bone, always a dark wash in a skinny fit.
city day look: I’m constantly on the go, so comfort is key for me. Black J Brand 811 Photoready Denim, Theory Cotton White Top, flats, and a light scarf by A. Barclay
country day look: The Julie Dress, a white lace and chiffon swing dress, from my Spring 2015 Collection. It’s the easiest piece to take from day into night just with a change of shoes.
evening look: Lace and silk anything, and probably from my Collection- accessorized with statement earrings, an evening clutch, and simple pumps.
items you splurge on: Shoes… my biggest weakness!
items you save on: Dresses! I design so many, I usually always wear my own.
beauty essentials: Skinceuticals CE Ferulic, Organic Almond Oil (amazing as a moisturizer), Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick
signature scent: Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel
salon: Christopher Noland in Greenwich
destination: Nantucket, Massachusetts. I’m a New England girl at heart, and I’m most creative when I’m by the water.
hotel: I recently stayed at the Equinox in Manchester, Vermont. It was the perfect low key, relaxing weekend trip, and so beautiful.
restaurant: Le Penguin in Greenwich (and right across from our store!) The most amazing truffle fries….
3 essentials you can't live without: My ivory and white lace dresses (I wear them all year around), my iphone (work consumes my life!) and my moleskin notebooks… I always carry one with me since I’m forgetful if I don’t write something down, plus I never know when I will get an design idea!