Hello, I’m LISA KINGSLEY, an independent designer from Chicago. My path into fashion began when colorful Batik clothing I designed in Bali for fun, landed in the hands of Madonna + sold out at Fred Segal Melrose due to a series of unexpected events that we’re incredibly fortunate and propelled me to continue making clothing. Since then, I have been drawn to combine the skills of craftspeople with modern design ideas and have worked as a Creative Director, Art Director and Designer for fashion apparel companies, as well as having founded my own.
I launched KINGSLEY in 2008 as a small batch handbag collection, rooted in a soulful, modern aesthetic. The use of natural materials + a Wabi-Sabi feeling define the look of my products after much study and focus on Japanese sensibilities, modernism and classic construction. Authenticity + an intimate connection to the Artisans who craft my designs, are central to my brand philosophy.
In 2013, I moved from Venice Beach to San Miguel De Allende, Mexico in order to expand my product lines with handmade jewelry & natural botanicals collections including wild-crafted fragrances.
A year later, I designed the premiere Kingsley store, KINGSLEY MARKET to offer clients a distinct retail experience for the Kingsley brand. Interior aesthetics were layered with sensory communication throughout the space, from the scent of native Copal to the touch of textures and fabrics. International visitors discovered expertly crafted Kingsley objects and learned the stories behind them. An incredible and informative adventure, it enhanced my understanding of why people identify with objects - and where the future lies in terms of making things that have enough meaning to enhance people’s lives.
In 2018, after 4 years in Mexico retail, new opportunities to evolve and grow Stateside had arrived. Excited about expansion, I closed Kingsley Market SMdA — now a model for future retail spaces. I still collaborate with Artisans in Mexico for my productions – as I have for over 10 years.
In 2019 Kingsley products will become available everywhere via a new e-commerce platform. A new retail location is also in the works.
Over the course of my career, I have been super fortunate to have been recognized for my designs. This includes being chosen for the "VOGUE 100" group of inspiring women in fashion and business, by US Vogue Magazine. I was also presented with FGI'S "Rising Star" award in 2010 and have been blessed to be featured in publications like: Vogue, Teen Vogue, WWD, Elle, Bazaar, The New York Times T Magazine, Refinery 29, Time, W + In Style. A few of the celebrities who have worn my designs include Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie + Oprah Winfrey and I have sold through over 250 retailers world-wide including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus + Saks 5th Ave. I attended The School of the Art Institute in Chicago for Fine Arts + The Art Center in Pasedena for Film school. I am a Merit Scholar Recipient + was granted an Artist-in-Residency at Ragdale Foundation for creative writing.
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