You could call New York City-based, Calgary-born Meg Kinney a designer every girl. After all, her frocks, jackets and knits possess both high-style touches (asymmetrical hems, cool faux leather fabrics) and easy-to-wear silhouettes (A-line shifts, draped cowl-neck tees). Adding to the appeal of her eponymous women’s label (just Meg, please!) — is the fact that the entire line is made in America. Kinney has boutiques in New York City, Brooklyn and Toronto, though not in DC (we can hope!). She and her staff will host a trunk show Saturday Nov. 8 from noon-6 p.m. at Cork Market, 1805 14th St. NW. We caught up with her just before she hit town with covetable pieces from her fall and winter collection.
Why are Meg clothes a good fit for DC women?
MK: I feel like DC is similar to Toronto, in that women here need the right clothes for a working wardrobe. I believe in clothing in such a functional way, and these are pieces you don’t have to think about.
One of your big points is you dress real women. Why does your line appeal to them?
MK: From a design aesthetic, I keep my styles super clean, but not boring. And I try very hard to use utilitarian but interesting fabrics that you can throw in the washing machine — interesting knits, patterns. And I’m also about timeless, classic shapes.
Why do you produce the in line New York?
MK: I find that I lose control of the manufacturing process overseas. And I can do the same pieces for the same price here, so why not?
What influenced your fall collection?
MK: I was definitely thinking of a masculine/feminine thing. And I have a new French chick who works for me, so there’s a bit of that in there too.
Any heroines in the design world?
MK: There are so many different women designers I love, from Stella McCartney to Phoebe Philo. And then I really admire Tory Burch’s thinking. She’s a great business woman.
Who is the Meg customer?
MK: She’s me, through all the phases of my life. I used to be a working woman in my 20s who needed core pieces; now I’m a young mom trying to go to the park to look cool. And I also dress women in their 60s and 70s.
Dresses are a big part of your line. Why are they such a top seller?
MK: There’s nothing more feminine than a dress to make you feel powerful and comfortable. I’m a one and done girl, and dresses are just that.
Post by DC Style Factory stylist, Jenn Barger. Jenn has 13 years’ experience working as a fashion journalist in the nation’s capitol. Her DC Style Factory clients include professional Washingtonians looking to add unusual, funky pieces to their classic DC wardrobes. She specializes in vintage shopping and is an expert in combining pieces with history with new, modern looks. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to work with Jenn.