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STREET SMARTS.
Our painted moto has all the traits required of a perfect leather jacket—versatile yet distinctive style, edgy detailing and, above all, an effortlessly cool look. But as we learned from David, our assistant men’s knit and sweater designer who hand-painted this leather jacket in a Brooklyn art studio, a lot of effort went into crafting it. He takes us through the creation cycle, from inspiration to finished product, and explains how to wear it like a boss.
“While painting this jacket, I was inspired by the classic 1950’s biker. The man who wore his leather jacket daily as if it were another layer of skin, who wasn’t worried about getting his hands dirty. I was thinking of grease-covered, paint-splattered, worn-and-torn jackets that stood the test of time and wear. Made of buffed nappa leather, this jacket features topstitching and industrial zippers and hardware. I used an airbrush technique to give it a slightly faded, worn look. Then, using hand-brush techniques, I painted the seams and edges to further the worn-in appearance. The final touch is a paint splatter to amplify the ‘dirty’ characteristics of this jacket. The man who wears it shouldn’t be afraid to make his own mark on it—give it his own wear-and-tear characteristics to define himself in his own second skin.”


Photographs by: Genevieve Garruppo

STREET SMARTS.

Our painted moto has all the traits required of a perfect leather jacket—versatile yet distinctive style, edgy detailing and, above all, an effortlessly cool look. But as we learned from David, our assistant men’s knit and sweater designer who hand-painted this leather jacket in a Brooklyn art studio, a lot of effort went into crafting it. He takes us through the creation cycle, from inspiration to finished product, and explains how to wear it like a boss.

“While painting this jacket, I was inspired by the classic 1950’s biker. The man who wore his leather jacket daily as if it were another layer of skin, who wasn’t worried about getting his hands dirty. I was thinking of grease-covered, paint-splattered, worn-and-torn jackets that stood the test of time and wear. Made of buffed nappa leather, this jacket features topstitching and industrial zippers and hardware. I used an airbrush technique to give it a slightly faded, worn look. Then, using hand-brush techniques, I painted the seams and edges to further the worn-in appearance. The final touch is a paint splatter to amplify the ‘dirty’ characteristics of this jacket. The man who wears it shouldn’t be afraid to make his own mark on it—give it his own wear-and-tear characteristics to define himself in his own second skin.”

Photographs by: Genevieve Garruppo
FASHIONING A CAREER. 
During a month that is all about fashion weeks around the world, it’s good to remember that behind each glamour-filled catwalk minute are hours and hours of hard work. And if you don’t believe that, talk to Angela Hoy, who is a design assistant for Kenneth Cole’s women’s soft wovens. She gave us a peek into what her fun, fast-paced workday looks like.  “At 8:30 am, I’m on my way to work—I like to read WWD when I’m on the bus, as it’s always important to keep up with what is going on in the fashion industry. When I arrive at the office, I check my emails and meet with my senior designer, and together we prioritize what needs to be done for the day. Overall, my job consists of various tasks, such as sketching, fitting, creating tech packs, delivering construction and fit comments to sample rooms, and designing embellishments. Usually we’re working on two seasons simultaneously. Right now I am working on embellishment designs for Holiday 2013—trying different layouts and application techniques, and presenting different materials that can be used. I’m also still working on updating sketches and preparing tech packs for Fall 2013. My day-to-day is never the same, and that’s why I love the fashion industry—it’s exciting, full of energy, and always evolving.”  

FASHIONING A CAREER.

During a month that is all about fashion weeks around the world, it’s good to remember that behind each glamour-filled catwalk minute are hours and hours of hard work. And if you don’t believe that, talk to Angela Hoy, who is a design assistant for Kenneth Cole’s women’s soft wovens. She gave us a peek into what her fun, fast-paced workday looks like.

“At 8:30 am, I’m on my way to work—I like to read WWD when I’m on the bus, as it’s always important to keep up with what is going on in the fashion industry. When I arrive at the office, I check my emails and meet with my senior designer, and together we prioritize what needs to be done for the day. Overall, my job consists of various tasks, such as sketching, fitting, creating tech packs, delivering construction and fit comments to sample rooms, and designing embellishments. Usually we’re working on two seasons simultaneously. Right now I am working on embellishment designs for Holiday 2013—trying different layouts and application techniques, and presenting different materials that can be used. I’m also still working on updating sketches and preparing tech packs for Fall 2013. My day-to-day is never the same, and that’s why I love the fashion industry—it’s exciting, full of energy, and always evolving.”  

SAHARA AND THE CITY.
 The inspiration behind our Spring 2013 Collection, hitting stores now, is based on the “urban nomad.” It’s the idea of mixing textures reminiscent of ancient desert cultures with the modern designs of present-day Manhattan. It’s East meets West, old meets new, and intricate meets minimalist. Simple shapes get ethnic embellishments; slouchy constructions get paired with tailored pieces. For women, think: mini-skirts with flowing blouses, pure linen that looks like leather, and chiffon tops embroidered with jewels, beading, and gold tassels. The men’s line shares the same lived-in spirit as the women’s, but the pieces have a harder edge, with an emphasis on the motorcycle jacket (a wardrobe staple for guys this spring). Also look out for collarless linen shirts, sharply tailored slim pants, leather vests, and loose-fitting shorts. Ultimately, both the men’s and women’s lines are signature Kenneth Cole infused with the spirit of the desert. 

SAHARA AND THE CITY.


The inspiration behind our Spring 2013 Collection, hitting stores now, is based on the “urban nomad.” It’s the idea of mixing textures reminiscent of ancient desert cultures with the modern designs of present-day Manhattan. It’s East meets West, old meets new, and intricate meets minimalist. Simple shapes get ethnic embellishments; slouchy constructions get paired with tailored pieces. For women, think: mini-skirts with flowing blouses, pure linen that looks like leather, and chiffon tops embroidered with jewels, beading, and gold tassels. The men’s line shares the same lived-in spirit as the women’s, but the pieces have a harder edge, with an emphasis on the motorcycle jacket (a wardrobe staple for guys this spring). Also look out for collarless linen shirts, sharply tailored slim pants, leather vests, and loose-fitting shorts. Ultimately, both the men’s and women’s lines are signature Kenneth Cole infused with the spirit of the desert. 

MINI BAGS: BIG TREND. If the old adage “good things come in small packages” never resonated with you, perhaps you’ll reconsider when you take a look at the diminutive designs above. Our collection of mini bags are compact, cool, and decidedly on-trend. Whether the occasion calls for a relaxed cross-body strap or a sophisticated top-handle one, these tiny totes are the perfect accent for both dressed-up and dressed-down looks. Still have pint-size purse phobia? Don’t worry: these bags carry surprisingly more than you would think. An array of zippers and pockets allow for all the girl-about-town necessities, plus a little more. Just leave the hair-dryer and toy poodle at home.

MINI BAGS: BIG TREND.

If the old adage “good things come in small packages” never resonated with you, perhaps you’ll reconsider when you take a look at the diminutive designs above. Our collection of mini bags are compact, cool, and decidedly on-trend. Whether the occasion calls for a relaxed cross-body strap or a sophisticated top-handle one, these tiny totes are the perfect accent for both dressed-up and dressed-down looks. Still have pint-size purse phobia? Don’t worry: these bags carry surprisingly more than you would think. An array of zippers and pockets allow for all the girl-about-town necessities, plus a little more. Just leave the hair-dryer and toy poodle at home.

OBSESSION CONFESSION: COLOR-BLOCKED SWEATER DRESS
Sometimes the sexiest looks are not overtly sexy at all. This body-conscious dress is more sporty than sultry, but its waist-defining color blocks and curve-skimming knit fabric ramp up the wow factor. We’ve taken the editorial liberty of showing this look with bare legs, but for a more office/winter-friendly option, tights are a suggested addition. 

OBSESSION CONFESSION: COLOR-BLOCKED SWEATER DRESS

Sometimes the sexiest looks are not overtly sexy at all. This body-conscious dress is more sporty than sultry, but its waist-defining color blocks and curve-skimming knit fabric ramp up the wow factor. We’ve taken the editorial liberty of showing this look with bare legs, but for a more office/winter-friendly option, tights are a suggested addition. 

OBSESSION CONFESSION: ANKLE-STRAP WEDGE SANDALS
Anyone who believes that sandals are exclusively for warm weather is missing out on an entire winter footwear category. A chunky platform worn with tights is a welcome change during the long boot season. And given that ankle-strap wedges were a seen-everywhere style on the Spring 2013 runways, we’re already envisioning the outfits we’ll be building around them when the temperature finally rises again. 

OBSESSION CONFESSION: ANKLE-STRAP WEDGE SANDALS

Anyone who believes that sandals are exclusively for warm weather is missing out on an entire winter footwear category. A chunky platform worn with tights is a welcome change during the long boot season. And given that ankle-strap wedges were a seen-everywhere style on the Spring 2013 runways, we’re already envisioning the outfits we’ll be building around them when the temperature finally rises again.