Sunday, May 3, 2009

Laura Kathleen

Saint Louis designer Laura Kathleen Planck began working on her career in fashion when she was 8 years old. After many years of designing and constructing garments for herself she attended Western Kentucky University where she earned a degree in Design, Merchandising, and Textiles. “LK” also studied fashion design at Accademia Italiana in Florence Italy. While working under the late Jean Claude Mastroianni at his storefront on west 29th in Manhattan, she had an opportunity to work with a 10,000 piece collection of vintage couture that was once owned by fashion icons like Jackie O and Marilyn Monroe. Laura’s designs are inspired by vintage style and classic pin-up dolls. Her fabric selection is colorful and full of crazy prints. After working for a large retail company in Nashville as their clothing manager, “LK” decided that at age 23, she was ready to open her own business. She returned home to Saint Louis to find a market that was craving something new and original. Laura Kathleen remains true to herself. She designs clothes for a confident woman whom is not afraid to stand out. Laura Kathleen is flirty and feminine with an edge. “LK” does not play it safe.