Katherine Hooker – From London to NYC

- By Carson Sieving – 

Opera Coat

Style is often about choices — what to adorn yourself with, and as Coco Chanel reminded, sometimes what to take off.  But one piece the initiated will most certainly want to leave on is a jacket or coat by London-based designer Katherine Hooker.

Until this week, Katherine Hooker’s wares were only available from her shop in London and through trunk shows.  Limited distribution allowed customers to pick the fabric, style, trim and buttons for the line’s traditional yet modern coats and jackets.  The brand was built on this custom mind-set, with each detail chosen by the customer and every piece made to order in England.

And now, New Yorkers, rejoice: a pop-up shop opens Friday in SoHo featuring a selection of ready to wear designs and accessories, with the option to place a custom order also available.  But for the indecisive or the impulsive, the ready to wear selection is satisfying and accessible.

Pop-Up Store

At a sneak peek of the pop-up this week, Katherine Hooker herself was on hand to take me through the Katherine Hooker ready to wear collection.   Her enthusiasm was infectious, and she has developed a strong knowledge of her customer through her made to order business. The pieces are flattering and feminine, in both bright colors and neutrals. While the jackets could be worn with weekday trousers and weekend jeans, the coats beg to be worn over dresses to dinner and a show.

It is best to think of the racks of samples for custom orders as suggestions.  Tailored jackets in wool and tweed are edged in smart suede and leather.  Cuffs roll back to reveal muted paisleys and a turned up collar winks a chartreuse velvet.

The pop-up also features charming scarves and fingerless gloves fashioned out of the same materials used for the jackets. Each offers the opportunity to mix new color and pattern into a classic fall wardrobe.  Katherine told me that the idea for the gloves came from a pile of fabric scraps– resourcefulness also evident in the smallest extra bits of fabric used to cover buttons adorning hand-knit baby alpaca snoods.

The same attention to detail that turns scraps into gloves was apparent in every piece.  Katherine notes that observing the sartorial stylings of her customers influences her ideas for her next collection.  The U.S. and U.K. markets constantly inform each other.  The all black Tallulah jacket was first a custom order and will be a popular item from the pop-up collection.  That sort of constant gathering of inspiration makes for great international style, as demonstrated by this brand. No matter which style, fabric and trim you choose, there is no wrong choice with one of Katherine Hooker’s perfect pieces.   

Katherine Hooker
102 Thompson Street (between Spring & Prince)
New York, NY 10012
Open Friday October 28th to November 27th

*Katherine Hooker ships select ready to wear pieces internationally.

 

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Carson Sieving drinks Manhattans in Manhattan, where she makes lists, collects postcards, and attends the opera.  She writes about how beautiful things inspire and influence a beautiful life.  You can follow her on Twitter @CarsonSieving

 

 

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