Kai D. Fall 2014 Preview

Posted on July 15, 2014

I have been working on new silhouettes for Fall jackets for the past few months and the protos are nearly finalized to go into production.  The Redfield Jacket (in Rust color) is a hybrid of a shooting jacket and a barn coat.  It has a detachable self belt which is usually tied on the back waist.  The chest welt pocket has a zipper closure.  The lining is a soft cotton flannel.  The shell fabric is in wax cotton. 

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Posted in Artisan, Collection, Kai D., Look Book, Made in New York

Kallio + Kai D.

Posted on March 04, 2014

Kallio was founded by Karina Kallio in 2012 with a vision to create a conscious kid's fashion brand that is fun, stylish and unexpected, that kids can play hard in, without being hard on the environment. 

At Kallio, pre-loved vintage clothing is reclaimed, sorted and re-sewn in ethical factories and given new life.  Nothing is wasted.

Each garment is one of a kind and made locally.X

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Posted in Children's Clothing, Kallio, Made in New York, Up-Cycling

Wolf and Friend + Kai D.

Posted on March 04, 2014

Wolf and Friend was created by Shelley Batuyong, who has spent her entire career designing and obsessing over graphic tees.  Shelley and I worked together on numerous consulting projects and I have great admiration for her conceptual and designing talents.  The inspiration and muse of Wolf and Friend are her dog 'Token' and her son 'Emerson'.  They taught her that 'All Good Things are Wold + Free, W+F.  All sweat shirts are handscreened in New York and available at Kai D.X

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Posted in Children's Clothing, Made in New York, Wolf and Friend

Brooklyn Grooming

Posted on March 04, 2014

Brooklyn Grooming was founded by McKenzie Santiago and Alfredo Ortiz Catedral with a simple notion to create authentic and natural products using trusted ingredients such as organic vegetable butters, beeswax, herbs, and essential oils.  The beard oils contain a combination of Sesame, Hempseed, Jojoba, and Argan oils. 

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Posted in Brooklyn Grooming, Grooming, Made in New York, supplies

Kai D Retail Store Opening

Posted on December 05, 2013

Since the closing of my last retail shop at the Lower East Side in 2011, it has been my dream to open up my new flagship store.  After many tribulations and uncertainties, my retail store at 230 Grand Street was officially open on Nov. 22.  Located in a pre-war building built in 1910, we are happy to now call this our new home to showcase the complete Kai D. collection as well as Brooklyn Grooming, Hudson Made, 

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Posted in Kai D., Made in New York

Kai D. Fall 13 New Arrival

Posted on September 23, 2013

It has been a long wait.  Our Fall 13 collection is finally complete.  Inspired by the Terra Nova Expedition led by captain Robert Falcon Scott with the objective of being the first to reach the geographical South Pole.  For this collection, we are using the compact wool felt from Bacci, an Italian artisan mill based just outside of Florence, as well as the timeless wax cotton from Japan.  Our new tie collection is made out of English tweed.  The super comfortable

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Posted in Artisan, Kai D., Look Book, Made in New York, slow fashion

Visit to CEGO, Custom Shirt Maker in New York

Posted on March 25, 2013

 I spent an afternoon with Carl Goldberg from CEGO, a custom shirt maker in New York over for 25 years.  CEGO's shirts appear in many leading Broadway productions, network television shows, as well as being worn by many stylish New Yorkers.  I have tried on the different fit blocks and am very impressed with the fit (I am known to be extremely critical in terms of the fit).  The shirts are slim in the all the right places and yet not restrictive for movement (a very important aspect for my active lifestyle).  The shirts are all made in USA.

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Posted in Artisan, Made in New York

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