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From Finance to Fashion


Imagine being at the pinnacle of your career…working at a top company and earning a top salary. Now imagine giving that all up to start all over again in pursuit of your true passion.

That’s exactly what financial-expert-turned-fashion-designer Kirat Anand did. He left JPMorgan’s investment banking and finance group behind to launch KAS New York, now a global fashion house specializing in hand detailing and luxurious prints with a bohemian lifestyle twist.

While a student at NYU’s prestigious Stern School of Business, Anand worked for Morgan Stanley and Forbes. After graduation, he accepted a position at JPMorgan which, at the time, he thought was just the start of his long financial career. But after a few years in the industry, he could feel there was no energy or excitement in his life. Something was missing.

As it turned out, what Anand’s life was missing had actually been there all along.

As a young boy growing up, he was inspired by his mother’s love of fashion. Herself a talented designer, Sabby Anand taught him the skills needed to take a fashion idea from research to reality, from concept to consumer. Emboldened by this entrepreneurial spirit and his passion for fashion, Anand took the leap from Finance to Fashion and, alongside his mother, KAS New York was born.

To date, KAS New York is showcased in luxury retailers such as Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales and upscale, specialty stores like Anthropologie and Free People. Their designs can be found at worldwide resort destinations such as Ritz Carlton hotels, Four Seasons properties and Taj Hotels. Their brand is a favorite of the Obamas and the Jenners and the designs have been acclaimed in publications ranging from Refinery29 to Elle to InStyle and many more.

So how did Anand successfully transition from Finance to Fashion? And how can you achieve the same feat? I sat down with him to find out.

Draw from your experience.

When pivoting to a new endeavor, you must ask yourself, “What makes me different than the hundreds or thousands of others who have started this business before?” Anyone can go to the same school or read the same books as you. What really makes you different (and what will make your business different) is the experiences you’ve had.

“I grew up in the garment industry,” says Anand, “As a child, most of my vacations revolved around sourcing, manufacturing and production. I remember being a young kid and my parents took me to Saks 5th Ave to show me the windows which featured my mother’s designs. I thought that was amazing! Experiences like those planted the fashion seeds in me at an early age.”

Use your past experiences as much as you can in any new venture. It’s what will help distinguish you from the competition.

Understand all aspects of the industry.

Your business is like an engine. As the owner, your job is to keep it running as smoothly and efficiently as possible every day. By better understanding how everything works in unison, both small details and larger industry trends, you can make better judgement calls.

Anand explains the questions you should be asking yourself, “As a brand you need to know: Who is your customer? Is someone already servicing that consumer? Is there an opportunity there? Can you fill that void? Know your value proposition and scale it quick, otherwise someone else will.”

The more in-tune you are with what is going on in the industry, and how you can mold your business to fit it best, the greater likelihood you have for long-term success.

Learn and evolve.

One of the key traits of any successful entrepreneur is the ability to constantly learn and adapt to changing environments. This is because, regardless of the industry you are in, it is constantly evolving to meet different demands. To stay ahead of the curve and ensure your competitors don’t surpass you, a successful entrepreneur has to remain flexible and adaptable.

Anand explains, “As an entrepreneur you wear many hats. For example, a few hours during the day I might be focused on designing the collection we are going to showcase 6 months from now. And then, few hours later, I’ll be working with our awesome Account Execs on their client’s concerns, sales cycle and planning future road trips.”Read more at:formal dresses canberra | plus size formal dresses


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Sixth annual Columbia Fashion Week announced


Lighting. Projectors. Sound. Food. Cocktails. A private entrance. Free parking. Prime location. These are all the building blocks for Columbia’s sixth annual fashion week June 13-17, to be held at the Venue on Main, commonly referred to as the Hampton Room. In short, it’s the alley between Michael’s Cafe and Good Life Cafe on Main Street downtown.

“For the entire week, we’ll be able to be in one spot for the first time,” said coordinator Alicia Zeigler. “And we’re really excited to have Main Street right outside.”

Another exciting announcement is this year’s featured designer, Bill Evans of “One Ofs.” The 6’4” Charlotte-based designer began designing for himself out of college. “I was the guy that wore my uncle’s hand-me-down tweed jackets and gray flannel trousers rather than jeans and sweatshirts,” said Evans.

The internationally known designer has focused on reworking vintage tweeds with vintage buttons and using upholstery fabric to create everyday clothing. Evans has been recognized as a visionary for his fusion of furniture fabric and fashion. “For Columbia’s fashion week, I’m going to do three things: made-to-measure, woman’s wear and menswear.”

Evans will join 25-40 designers and retailers set to showcase their wares between Thursday and Saturday night.

“We’re really excited to have some featured menswear this year,” said Zeigler. “We’ve had big-box retailers that have done men’s collections, but we’ve not had very many designers that were specifically for men. So we’re really excited to have a bespoke men’s clothier here and dressing a full runway showcase of men.”Read more at:formal dresses melbourne | formal dresses adelaide


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Fashion Week, Food and Wine festival wrap up in Palm Desert


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After nine days of fashion, including canine couture and "Project Runway" shows, Fashion Week El Paseo wrapped up Sunday with a trunk show showcasing the designs of New York-based designer CD Greene, who was on site, offering styling advice to those wishing to purchase from the collection or set up a private appointment.

The designs ranged from daring sequined mini dresses which would look perfectly at home on a Grammy’s red carpet to timelessly elegant gowns which could be worn to a White House State Dinner.

Heavily-jeweled jewel-toned dresses hung next to black and navy gowns covered with pearls and mesh panels. One design in particular, a light pink number with a pearl collar and attached cape, looked like it could have been designed for former first lady Jackie Kennedy herself.

The designer estimated 90 percent of each collection he created was black or navy, but said he did like to play with color, especially jewel tones.

Greene said while he does sell samples, the overwhelming majority of his designs were made-to-order couture pieces.

“I want women to know we can address any issue they need a beautiful dress for, whether it’s the color or the theme of the event,” he said. “A lot of women don’t want to feel like they try too hard. They want to slip it on and feel gorgeous.”

Greene said many of his designs were inspired by the glamor of Old Hollywood and movies from the 1930s and 1940s. He said the work of Academy Award winning costume designer Orry-Kelly, who worked on films such as “Casablanca,” “The Maltese Falcon,” “Some Like It Hot” and “Arsenic and Old Lace,” was one of his greatest inspirations.

Last week was Greene’s first time showing at El Paseo Fashion Week and his first time to Palm Desert.

“I was thrilled to be extended that invitation and I just didn’t want to let anyone down,” he said as the show wound down.

By the looks of excited patrons and the numerous women who stopped on their way out to tell him they loved the collection or had made an appointment for a private fitting, he hadn’t.

Food and Wine Festival

Around the corner from the trunk show, the Palm Desert Food and Wine festival also wrapped up Sunday, with more tastings and cooking demonstrations from Food Network star Aarti Sequeira and almost a dozen local chefs.

The three-day festival was filled with creations from and demonstrations by local and celebrity chefs, a four-course luncheon and, of course, lots of food and wine tastings.Read more at:formal dresses perth


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