Growing up in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, ready-to-wear designer Kristi Vosbeck honed her skills working at the family business — The Palace Shoe and Clothing store. “I worked there over the summers and holidays and loved creating new looks and helping customers find what they were looking for,” explains Vosbeck. “I think these experiences, along with my love for fashion, are what propelled me to apply to Parsons School of Design in NYC. Once I started school, I became involved in fashion in a more professional way, from interning to starting my own company.”
Now ensconced in the heart of Manhattan’s Fashion District, Vosbeck’s eponymous line of occasion wear continues to attract a loyal clientele looking for modern designs with a timeless feel. “Classic, sophisticated and elegant,” says Vosbeck of her creations, all of which are conceived and made in New York City.
“Many details in the collection are very specific and it’s important to be able to see first-hand how everything is being made,” says Vosbeck of her decision to maintain local production. “I love that everything you need to put together a great collection is at your fingertips here in the Garment District. From fabric vendors, pattern makers and sample makers, to any kind of zipper or button you can imagine. You can find it all within the span of a few blocks of the garment district.”
Designing, launching and maintaining a brand in the cut-throat New York fashion scene can be a daunting task but it’s one that Vosbeck takes in her stride. “I think anyone who is creative knows that when your art becomes your work it can be challenging. You have to be able to be free to do designs but also put on a business hat and know your customer while staying true to your aesthetic. Being a fashion designer has taught me that sometimes what you think will happen doesn’t, and things you never imagined, do. Life is full of ups and downs, it’s about finding the beauty in all of it, being grateful for every day you get the opportunity to contribute and give back.”
For Vosbeck, the road to fashion fame has been paved with triumphs and challenges. Her latest accomplishment, her first child Kira — and the demands of balancing motherhood with design deadlines. “I always wanted to be a Mother,” she says. “But I didn’t want to have to give up my career to do it. My family and husband have been so supportive and helped make this last fashion week possible. The show, as they say, must go on!” Available at select boutiques and online at KristiVosbeck.com, New Yorkers will have a chance to get up-close and personal at Vosbeck’s Holiday Pop Up Shop November 21st 270 W 38th Street from 1pm-5pm. Check the site for more details. KristiVosbeck.com – A.R.