LISA KINGSLEY

                          DESIGNER      PHILOSOPHY /  TIMELINE  + BIO

“THE PRODUCTS WE MAKE HAVE STORIES BEHIND THEM AND, MORE OFTEN THAN NOT, END UP ELICITING AN EMOTIONAL RESPONSE THAT RESONATES ON AN INTANGIBLE LEVEL FOR OUR CLIENTS." 

- LISA KINGSLEY  

 EXCERPT FROM SL MAGAZINE 2019

KINGSLEY TIMELINE

 

CREATIVE DIRECTOR & DESIGNER LISA KINGSLEY, LAUNCHED KINGSLEY IN 2009 AS A SMALL-BATCH HANDBAG COLLECTION ROOTED IN HER SOULFUL, MODERN AESTHETIC. THE USE OF NATURAL MATERIALS + WABI-ESQUE DESIGN SENSIBILITY DEFINE THE KINGSLEY LOOK WHILE AUTHENTICITY + AN INTIMATE CONNECTION TO THE ARTISANS WHO CRAFT HER DESIGNS ARE PILLARS OF THE DESIGNER'S PHILOSOPHY. KINGSLEY JOINED THE LUXURY SECTOR BY FOCUSING ON TRANSPARENCY, SUSTAINABILITY & CRAFTSMANSHIP – ATTRIBUTES THAT DEVELOPED ORGANICALLY AS THE BRAND'S ETHOS.

 

JEWELRY

 

IN 2012 KINGSLEY EMBARKED ON A DESIGN EXPANSION IN MEXICO TO COLLABORATE WITH METAL, GLASS, STONE, WOOD + PAPER ARTISANS, RESULTING IN A DISTINCTIVE HAND-MADE COLLECTION. KINGSLEY JEWELRY IS COMPRISED OF MIXED METALS INCLUDING PEWTER, SILVER, YELLOW BRASS & 14K GOLD. SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES, WOODS & RARE TRADE BEADS LEND A TRIBAL FEELING.

 

FLAGSHIP

 

IN 2014 KINGSLEY DESIGNED & OPENED HER FLAGSHIP STORE LOCATION IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, MEXICO. THE FLAGSHIP, KINGSLEY MARKET, WAS AN EXPERIENTIAL RETAIL CONCEPT THAT OFFERED KINGSLEY GOODS WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF LOCAL ARTISANSHIP FOR WHICH SHE HAD BECOME KNOWN. THE GALLERY-ESQUE SPACE ATTRACTED INTERNATIONAL VISITORS SEEKING UNIQUE GOODS THAT TRANSLATED FASHIONABLY BACK HOME. KINGSLEY MARKET GARNERED LOTS OF NOTABLE PRESS INCLUDING THE NEW YORK TIMES T MAGAZINE & BECAME A SUCCESSFUL MODEL FOR FUTURE RETAIL CONCEPTS.

SCENTS

 

IN 2015, A BOOMING RETAIL BUSINESS & FREEDOM GAINED BY WORKING OUTSIDE OF THE CONSTRAINTS OF THE FASHION INDUSTRY, PAVED THE WAY FOR KINGSLEY TO DEVELOP A THIRD CATEGORY: APOTHECARY. SIX WILD–CRAFTED PLANT OIL FRAGRANCES WERE FORMULATED WITH GUIDANCE FROM A PLANT MEDICINE EXPERT IN TAOS, NEW MEXICO & QUICKLY BECAME A FAVORITE FOR KINGSLEY CUSTOMERS. THE FRAGRANCES WERE ALSO PICKED UP BY BUNKHOUSE GROUP FOR HOTEL DISTRIBUTION. SOON AFTER, KINGSLEY CREATED A FACE OIL THAT BECAME THE BESTSELLER AT HER FLAGSHIP.

STATESIDE EXPANSION

 

IN 2018, WITH 12 YEARS OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS EXPERTISE, KINGSLEY MOVED BACK TO THE U.S. TO PIVOT THE COMPANY INTO RECYCLABLE MATERIAL SOURCING FOR IT'S COLLECTIONS, EXPAND IT'S APOTHECARY & OFFER LIMITED APPAREL, IN ADDITION TO IT'S SIGNATURE BAGS & JEWELRY.

DESIGNER BIO

 

KINGSLEY'S JOURNEY INTO FASHION BEGAN IN 1999 WHEN HER BALI-BASED CLOTHING LINE WAS WORN BY MADONNA & SOLD OUT REPEATEDLY THROUGH FRED SEGAL MELROSE. KINGSLEY HAS SINCE DESIGNED SIGNATURE READY-TO-WEAR + DENIM COLLECTIONS THAT HAVE SOLD THROUGH OVER 250 RETAILERS WORLDWIDE INCLUDING BERGDORF GOODMAN & SAKS 5TH AVENUE. NOTABLE ACCOLADES INCLUDE BEING CHOSEN FOR "THE VOGUE 100" GROUP OF INSPIRING WOMEN IN FASHION BY VOGUE MAGAZINE. A FEW OF THE CELEBRITIES WHO HAVE WORN KINGSLEY'S DESIGNS INCLUDE MADONNA, GWYNETH PALTROW, CAMERON DIAZ, OPRAH WINFREY & ANGELINA JOLIE. LISA KINGSLEY HAS BEEN FEATURED IN OVER 75 PUBLICATIONS WORLDWIDE INCLUDING WWD, VOGUE, T MAGAZINE, ELLE, BAAZAR, W + REFINERY 29.

 

OVER THE PAST DECADE, KINGSLEY HAS ALSO MENTORED A PLETHORA OF WELL REGARDED BUSINESSES & BRANDS & HELPED DEFINE THEIR CREATIVE IDENTITIES, INCLUDING HOTELS & RESTAURANTS IN TULUM, INDY MUSICAL ARTISTS, WELL KNOWN BABY PRODUCTS & A FURNITURE COLLECTION. SHE IS AN EXPERIENCED ENTREPRENEUR, BRAND BUILDER & GRAPHIC ARTIST & ENJOYS INTERIOR DESIGN PROJECTS.

INFLUENCES

 

ARCHITECTURE & INTERIOR DESIGNERS MIES VAN DER ROHE, RICHARD NEUTRA, TADAO ANDO, AXEL VERVOORDT, VINCENT VAN DUYSEN, 

LUIS BARRAGAN, & JOHN PAWSON. ARTISTS JEAN DUBUFFET, ED RUSCHA, JOHN BALDESSARI, ANDY GOLDSWORTHY, SHEILA HICKS,

MARY ELLEN MARK, MARY OLIVER, ROTHKO, DONALD JUDD, AGNES MARTIN, RICHARD SERRA, JOSEF & ANNIE ALBERS. 

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