Now that her signature collection is available in select Neiman Marcus stores, Gemma Kahng has set her sights on launching e-commerce.
During an interview last Monday in her West 38th Street office, the designer discussed her hands-on business and how her Dutchess County, N.Y., weekend house has freshened up her design approach. As four staffers and five interns tended to their tasks, Kahng said her collection is New York made. One exception is the intricate silk flowers that she sources from a Korean consortium in Shanghai and then sews them into her designs. “It’s good — I’m helping them and they’re helping me. And they keep doing things the traditional way,” she said. “There is no way we could make all these flowers here,” gesturing toward a patchwork flower coat adorned with 150-plus flowers that requires one week of a New York seamstress’ time to stitch together.
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