I met Kathryn Sterner Sieve at the new Urban Bean a few weeks back, on what had to be one of the hottest days in July. I’ve got this bad habit of arriving to interviews about fifteen minutes early. This time, I ordered my espresso, parked myself in front of a giant, sun-streamed window, neatly flattened out my notebook, and reviewed my questions. I wore a black shift dress, and I think I felt sweat trickling down my legs within five minutes of sitting down. Pure glamour.
Kathryn Sterner Sieve walked in on time, in a simple, white cotton dress and a big, wide brimmed tan hat. She looked like smart, summer-time. I felt even sweatier. After grabbing a drink and a nibble, she sat down with me to chatWinsome Goods, the clothing and lifestyle brand she launched in 2013, after quitting her job as a designer at Target.
She’s had a clothing line ever since she was a design student at the University of Minnesota, and it’s evolved with her tastes and values. “A lot of the clothing I design is stuff I wish I could find in stores. What am I missing in my own closet?” Specializing in thoughtful basics, she sources her fabrics sustainably, and keeps her operation small– you can literally see the quality in the stitches.
Her most recent collection draws inspiration from human physical oddities. “I’ve been super inspired by artistic images of the human form– I’m incorporating this into my garments by playing with proportion and texture.” Chunky collars, over-sized pockets, and extended lengths give all all of the garments a comfy, casual and versatile feel.
Kathryn sent along a few photos of her newest collection–some of it has been released already, other items will pop up in October. See her work in real life at Cliche, in Uptown, or meet her this fall at the local fashion show she’s co-producing, The Shoot.