After nine years in New York City, international designer Lia Kes has chosen San Francisco as her next haven. If you haven’t already seen Kes’ pieces in the style pages of fashion glossies such as Lucky and InStyle or on celebs from Kate Hudson to Kim Kardashian, try stopping by her store opening today and see for yourself.
With a studio in Pacific heights and a list of buyers begging her for her spring collection, Kes is, for the moment at least, focused on her first store opening today in Cow Hollow.
“My hope is to get to know the customer, to listen to them to see how the clothes fit on them, to hear their response…It’s definitely a step forward. I am glad that I have the opportunity to show my idea the way I want to show it,” Kes said.
She’s also inspired by San Francisco, its micro-climates and its people.
“I’m completely influenced by San Francisco…I like the idea that everyone is working out. There is a sophisticated casualness. There is a lot of intellectuality around, a lot of European taste around,” she told us.
Step into her shop soon to scoop up pieces from her mostly sold-out fall collection or the newly released resort collection. Come early 2010, you’ll find a spring collection with pieces of a new silk, CDC, and charmeuse. The result? Effortlessly chic silhouettes full of femininity, but with a welcome dose of edge.
Lia Kes: 3024 Fillmore St. (at Union), 415-829-2225, www.liakes.com.
— SF Indie Fashion contributor Michelle Ruiz