July 25, 2014

First Look: Kathleen van der Spek Spring ’12

Hitting stores in early April, spring and summer looks from San Francisco designer Kathleen van der Spek continue the Tommy Bahama alum’s laid-back take on California-cool daytime apparel. Below, find a sneak peek of what’s arriving in-store at retailers such as Conifer, Limu and Weston Wear this spring.

Can’t wait until then to see more from this line? You’re in luck. Kathleen is one of many local designers who’ll be sending their latest down the runway at tonight’s Lovesick 5.

Photography courtesy of Holman Photography for Kathleen van der Spek

Additional reporting by Sara Iravani

Snap Judgment: Kathleen van der Spek Sweater Dress

Wool tunic dress from Kathleen van der Spek does cozy with a touch of gothic formality, thanks to lace detail that allows the nude modal jersey lining to peek through.

Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: the delicately feminine and surprisingly cozy black and charcoal sweater dress,$149, hand sewn with lace detail in a wool blend by San Francisco designer Kathleen van der Spek.

Photography courtesy of Kathleen van der Spek

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This Just In: Kathleen van der Spek Fall 2011

Casual chic wearables-with-a-twist are what you’ll find in the Fall 2011 collection from Kathleen van der Spek, a San Francisco designer who impresses not only with her style, but with her unusual dwelling: a 46’ blue water sloop docked by the Bay.

For fall, van der Spek’s latest includes cozy separates befitting weekend brunches, strolls by the waterfront and wanderings through the city. Merino wool means many pieces are ready for sudden fog, while blouson shapes and playful contrast panels on a neutral color palette make these fall offerings easy to wear, but far from becoming boring basics.

We hear the fall line will be available at Cow Hollow’s Conifer and online via The Marin Store.

For more on the designer, check out our previous coverage. Below, a sampling of pieces from the collection:

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Photography courtesy Kathleen van der Spek

Kreeya Featured Designer: Kathleen van der Spek

Jockey Top, $130

Melanie Cardigan, $130

Snap It Up Top, $110

Kreeya, a brand new online shop offering the best of the Bay Area’s independent fashion, features new designers each week. One of the latest to hit the site is Kathleen van der Spek, a San Francisco-based designer whose versatile tops strike just the right balance between casual and chic.

Working with soft fabrics such as micro modal and silk jersey knit, van der Spek’s apparel is as ready to hack around on the weekend paired with jeans as it is for a night at the wine bar – just trade the flats for heels. For more on van der Spek, her design inspiration and her life on a sailboat (yes, she lives on one) check out the recent interview with her on the Kreeya blog.

Last but not least, should you find yourself in the market for one of van der Spek’s latest pieces, now available just in time for the holidays on Kreeya, shipping is free for orders over $75 and returns are always free.

Want more Kreeya? Here’s the scoop:

Launched in November, Kreeya (Sanskrit for “positive action”) connects independent fashion designers with busy, fashion-forward, locally-minded professionals who may not have time to traverse the city in search of unique apparel and accessories. More than just an online shopping site, Kreeya is a place to plug into the inspiration, ideas and stories behind the San Francisco Bay Area fashion scene through designer interviews, social media and community-minded efforts. Each year, Kreeya donates one percent of its sales to a scholarship fund benefiting a graduating fashion student of California College of the Arts. Shop Kreeya for the latest apparel from independent designers such as Miranda Caroligne, DEMA, Bush + Leavenworth, Kathleen van der Spek and more. With a full line-up of featured designers arriving on the site in the coming weeks and a thriving local fashion community to share it with, Kreeya is just getting started.

And you can always connect with Kreeya on Facebook and Twitter.

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