Corinne – Meet the Designer

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Bennett Tee – Corinne | Suspender Trousers – Lobby Lab (Similar) | Classic 501 – New Balance

I recently connected with an upcoming designer Susan Kim, designer and owner of Corinne. Her designs are a minimalists dream who always keeps quality and craftsmanship in mind. While her pieces are the perfect staple pieces to any wardrobe her unique designs and patterns will be the next best thing the fashion industry has seen. I had the chance to sit down and chat with her about her experience staring her own brand as well as how she jumped into the fashion industry.

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Read her interview below!

1. Who is Susan Kim and how did you get to where you are now?

I kind of did the backwards version of starting a clothing company. I worked in a showroom for a couple of years and after realizing I knew nothing about clothing production, I decided that the next best thing would be to understand the production side of it. At the age of 26, I bought an existing factory in East Los Angeles and did that for almost four years. I was a very hands on boss, this is where I learned to sew with industrial machines and learned the makeup of what it’s like to produce clothing in Los Angeles. I make my own patterns so those four years taught me that a Corinne piece needed to be easy to sew so that it could be made in the USA. The production side of it is labor driven so every minute an operator is sewing a piece is an expense so it helped me to understand the business aspect of it.

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2. How did you get into Fashion?

I didn’t go to a Fashion Design school but instead went to the University of California Riverside and majored in Business Administration. With an initial plan to go to FIDM after I graduated UCR, my mind was changed after interning for a company in the fashion industry. The PR rep told me that I should instead check out LA Trade Tech College since it was the same instructors as FIDM but the tuition would cost a lot less. I took her advice and took classes at night and on weekends to learn pattern making and sewing while I was working full time.

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3. What inspired your latest collection?

I love Japanese pattern making techniques and bows. I took basic blocks and really deconstructed a lot of the pieces to add copious amounts of draping and Corinne’s signature bow look. I love the idea of investing in one piece and being able to wear it multiple ways or according to your style preference. Fall 2015 was all about versatility and draping. Love draping!

4. Who are your biggest style inspirations?
I love Unconscious Style, of course, but most of my inspiration comes from street style of both men and women. It’s funny because I’ve had men ask me if Corinne is unisex since some of the styles are boxier.

5. What advice would you give women who want to get into the fashion industry?

Learn everything you can about the industry. Start by interning because that’s the best way to have accessible information about whatever you’re interested in whether it is to become a sales rep, an editor, fashion designer, or a business owner. And, work really hard. When my friends were out partying and having fun, I was taking pattern making classes and sewing classes because I wanted to learn everything I could about the fashion industry. Hard work will always pay off later.

6. What are you looking forward to in the future with Corinne, what are your goals for the future?

After owning a factory in LA for almost 4 years and competing with factories in Mexico and China (which by the way can’t be done), it made me want to bring back businesses to the USA. I’m currently doing the production myself in my small studio, but eventually want to be able to hire employees and really build a company where the employees are valued as assets, kind of like Google but for fashion. I also want Corinne to be a brand people associate with quality and craftsmanship. Most companies buy fabric made in China but I make an conscious effort to have a minimal footprint so my fabric is even made in the USA. It costs more and I make less of a profit margin but in the end, I know the customer knows what they like and will come back to Corinne every season.

White 70s Flare Denim

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Flared Seventy Jean – Mango (on sale!) | Cropped Sweater Tank – Thrifted | Messenger Box Bag – JCOS Studios | Leather Mid Heeled Buckle Bootie – Zara | Rings & Bracelets – Ivory Studios

With temperatures rising, days extended, and vacations on the horizon it’s hard for anyone to really stay focused at work. Along with that, most people are grumpy being stuck indoors when it’s always so beautiful outside. But to keep your spirits up, I have found the perfect solution to your summertime work wardrobe problems you might be having, white 70s flare denim. Not only will this apply towards a corporate casual environment, these are the perfect transition piece for a Friday night happy hour after a long day in the office.

I grabbed this pair from Mango during their half season sale. They are structured and high waisted which were 2 of my must haves, not to mention the perfect wide leg flare leg. I threw on my thrifted Ann Taylor cropped sweater tank for a professional summer time look. Of course I can’t leave the house without my Messenger Box Bag from JCOS Studios which keeps with the professional vibe. I’m going to be draping myself in white all summer long considering this past weekend humidity and temperatures have been in the 80s.

Parisian Vibes

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Silence + Noise Bryce Top – Urban Outfitters (On Sale) | Black Pleated Trouser Shorts – H&M (Similar) | Erosian Pointed Toe Flats – Steve Madden | Spencer Wide Brim Straw Hat – Lack of Color | Messenger Box Bag – JCOS Studios

I’m always on the hunt for cute clothes I can wear to work, but then again who isn’t? Sometimes it can be a struggle juggling the concept of “corporate casual” without crossing over the line. Case in point, we have been experiencing some blistering heat here in Orange County but fashion never takes a break for me so I need to find a way to not only look cute and work appropriate but keep cool considering our air conditioner doesn’t always work in the office. I have been on the hunt for a pair of pleated trouser shorts and FINALLY came across a pair at H&M. I wanted something simple that I can pair with just about anything as well as ensure they are long enough and loose enough to feel work appropriate. I like to bend the rules so who says shorts can’t be allowed in the workplace? I have a feeling these ones are what you’d consider, “the exception”.

I paired my new shorts with my new favorite striped boatneck top from Urban Outfitters. There’s something very flattering about a this cut which is why I’ve been wearing this top multiple times during the week (but don’t let everyone know that). It’s the perfect cropped length as well where you don’t have any belly area peaking out for those days when your just not feeling a true crop. Once I threw on the Lack of Color Spencer hat I knew I was ready for a vacation to Paris, now who will take me?

Shop my entire look above along with some of my other favorites!

MINTGEM Jewelry

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I love to support the business efforts of not only fellow bloggers but all of my close friends. I think entrepreneurship is an extremely brave move and I applaud anyone who gives it a go! I have been slowly accumulating more minimalistic jewelry to wear on the regular. If you are like me, you are kind of lazy when it comes to accessorizing, I really have to be in a mood or I have to at least remember to grab something to wear on the way out. Most of the time if it’s not laid out in front of me I won’t remember. This is why I choose to constantly wear minimalist necklaces,bracelets, and rings that I rarely take off. They always look good with whatever I’m wearing plus I don’t have to put much thought into it.

I was immediately drawn to this clear glass framed gold chain bracelet from MINTGEM, an upcoming jewelry line by fellow blogger extraordinare Lauren Denney. Each piece is handmade and beautiful with the perfect minimalistic touch, so dainty that it can go with just about anything.

Shop all of her pieces here and use the code: BLOGGER10 for 10% off your next order! Happy Shopping!

Wrap Waist Blouse

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Tie-Waist Shirt – NeedSupply | Cigarette Pants in Stretch Twill – Pinup Girl Clothing | Erosion Flat (Black) – Steve Madden | Messenger Box Bag – JCOS Studios | Huxley Sunglasses – Electric

Back on the minimalist train (as if I ever left) with this perfect white cropped structured blouse with a waist tie. Theres just something about white shirts that I can’t stay away from but at least each one I own is unique in their own way. I was immediately drawn to this blouse because of it’s giant front pockets and the unique addition of a waist tie. I also picked up a pair of TRUE high waisted cropped trousers from Pinup Girl Clothing. After 5 hours of waiting and shopping at the massive Yard Sale they held in Pasadena I snagged what seems like the only pair of pants they had, and in my size, no doubt this was a miracle. I’ve already worn them three times since they are the perfect work pant that not to mention allows me to wear my massive crop top selection at work! I am also still obsessed with my messenger box bag from JCOS Studios, it’s the perfect size and the hardware on it is in incredible. I receive so many compliments on it which makes me feel good since I’m just recently becoming a real bag lady.

I also picked up these Erosian flats from Steve Madden that were on sale. I was on a hunt for cute pointed toe black flats so these came as a pleasant surprise to me and I couldn’t pass them up. The leather is buttery soft which means less blisters and breaking in. Not to mention the top detailing makes these flats look a little like loafers without the bulk. I would highly recommend picking up a pair as I’m somewhat regretting not also purchasing the snakeskin colorway.

Anabelle Knit Top

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Anabelle Knit – PYLO | Wax Denim Reversible Jeans – Triple Thread OC | Black Chelsea Boots – Zara | Black Boater Hat – Yellow108 |

Quick post from LA a few weekends ago with this new knit bell sleeve blouse. I paired these together with a pair of fun wax denim jeans and a black boater hat. Not to mention I couldn’t leave home without my favorite chelsea boots from Zara. This is the perfect movie date night outfit that has enough dressy and casual mix. Speaking of movies, I can’t wait to see Jurassic World am I right?

Plaid Halter Dress

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Adjustable Halter Dress Scrunchy Blue – PurrrMelrose | Erin Wooden Clog Sandal – BooHoo | Black Boater Hat – Yellow108 (Similar) | Huxley Sunglasses – Electric | Messenger Box Bag – JCOS Studios

Summer is in the air and I couldn’t have spent it in a better place than LA. Feeling very 90s in this PurrrMelrose halter mini dress in a fun blue plaid print. I grabbed this piece from the Melrose Trading post in what almost seems like a month ago but am just now able to wear it. For some strange reason every time I go out and purchase summer items it gets obnoxiously cold the next day. Guess it’s just my luck since I’m one of those people who love wearing new purchases the next day. I’ve been inspired by this recent 100 years of fashion video from Refinery29 that outlines the trends throughout each decade beginning in 1910. It’s fun to see how we are influenced by 70s and 90s style currently, however I have a feeling the 2000s will never come back to play (and with good reason), if you watch the video I think you’ll cringe like I did.

Choker necklaces and mini dresses with platforms are becoming some of my favorite summer must have items. These wood clog platforms are perfect to pair with cropped denim and a flowy blouse or a pair of overalls. I can’t wait to style them with more things! Not to mention it took me over 2 months to find these exact kind of shoes that were within my price range (Forever21 had a similar pair that sold out). The choker necklace I’m wearing I actually “made”, AKA I went to Michaels and bought black and brown deerskin leather, cut it, and tied it around my neck. One of the best decisions I have made in awhile.

White Culottes & Sweater Tanks

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Cashmere Sweater Crop Top – Thrifted (Similar) | D-Ring White Culottes – Zara (Similar) | Orra Slide – DV by Dolce Vita | Huxley Sunglasses – Electric | The Spencer Wide Brimmed Hat – Lack of Color | Messenger Box Bag (Black) – JCOS Studios

Nothing I love more than a trend that lasts longer than a year, I’ve had these white culottes from Zara for a little over a year and they still don’t disappoint. I also scored some major items at the thrift store on a recent trip, three items for $12 is what I call a real steal. This Ann Taylor cashmere sweater tank for only $3 is the true MVP of the night. I am really excited to get back into the thrifting game, I forgot how exciting it is to score some good items. Wide leg bottoms are a new thing for me now so bear with me while I excitedly move through this phase. The best part about culottes are the ability to throw on a cute fitted top and walk out the door for your next meeting, lunch, night out or just errands for the day. Pairing with heels or flats as well. I opted for my new favorite suede slides by Dolce Vita. They are the perfect little sandal to throw on with any outfit, plus they make my feet look slim. If you haven’t noticed already I’m also obsessed with this wide brim hat from Lack of Color which gives me everything, who would have known that a straw hat could work with so many different looks? Shop it above from Need Supply for only $59!

Cropped Raw Hem Wide Leg Denim

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Oversized Short Sleeve Button Up – Urban Outfitters (Similar) | Raw Hem Cropped Wide Leg Denim – Gap (Similar) | White Lace Up Sneakers – TopShop | Messenger Box Bag (Black) – JCOS Studios

Perfect way to revitalize a pair of my many thrifted mom jeans in my closet? Cut them, add a little fray and boom, you have a new pair of wide leg cropped denim. When I’m in the mood to add some new trends into my closet (without committing to an expensive alternative) I either a) alter something already owned in my closet -or- b) try and find something close to it at the thrift store. Both have usually turned out in my favor but the recent trend of slightly cropped loose fitting denim really had me going. I had a pair of gap thrifted denim in my closet that just hadn’t been pulled out recently mainly because the fit was a little too baggy for my liking right now plus having to cuff them made the pants feel a lot heavier (unless wearing heels). I figured if I wanted to try out the cropped trend plus rework a pair of jeans I wasn’t loving anymore why not give it a go? I highly recommend shopping at your local Goodwill to find a pair of “mom” jeans. Also be sure to not only check the Women’s sections but a lot of times the mens area has the perfect straight cut loose fitting styles you’ll love. Again, if the length isn’t doing it for you either cuff the hem or just chop them right off. I swear you’ll love the results, especially if the jeans fit you perfectly. Don’t always judge by your typical pant size number either, a lot of times I can grab a size thats 1 or 2 larger than normal and get the same if not better results. I repeat, try it on, try it on, try it on!!

So back to my look, I paired my new wide leg cropped denim with an oversized button up from Urban Outfitters and some classic white sneakers. Also can’t forget my new bag which is my pride and joy from JCOS Studios. I love the classic design and pristine craftsmanship and yes, it does look shockingly similar to the Celine bag we all adore…but I must say for a fraction of the cost you really get the best of both worlds.

Lace Up Mini Dress

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Short White Lace Front Dress – H&M | Slawter Sandal – Kenneth Cole Reaction | Spencer Wide Brim Hat – Lack of Color | Faux Leather Lock Crossbody – Forever21

Quick little post with this amazing new lace up white mini dress from H&M, the perfect little dress (or cover up) for summer. I luckily had a white slip dress from a previous H&M lace number that I threw on underneath although I’m majorly looking forward to throwing this on top of some swimsuits during my honeymoon. Also note if you can grab one of these in store still (they went so fast) its only $14.95! Downsides, you will need to figure out what to do underneath but hey that makes it fun right?

Also this new handbag is beyond dreamy, I grabbed this Chloe look alike from none other than Forever21. It’s actually good quality for a fun going out bag however my only negatives are the clasp, its really hard to undo it so I’m standing there struggling for about 5 minutes to get it open haha. Well worth it though for the price and cuteness factor!