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Bright Lights, Big Shine!

One of my favorite stores to visit is the Dillard’s in Las Vegas. I usually fly in for the day, work with some of the nicest associates and customers, and then return home to Los Angeles. This week, my visit was no exception. I had a great time outfitting shoppers!

Dressing in Vegas allows for a departure from my usual style. Even if I’m not in for a night out on the Strip; it’s fun to “play Vegas” with a chic and glitzy outfit. If you think about it, people that get lucky and win a million dollars at a casino are never wearing a pant suit! Instead they dress for success in a shiny sequin look.

Check out my Vegas look this week (the Strip looks much more impressive at night so close your eyes and use your imagination). Sequins aren’t just for Holiday parties these days. Who knows, maybe a casual sequin top will help me win big!

Courtney takes Vegas by storm in her sequined Karen Kane top.


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Spring 2012 Featured on ABC Phoenix’s “Sonoran Living”

We’ve had an exciting week so far here in Phoenix! As we gear up for Karen’s big fashion show at Dillard’s Scottsdale Fashion Square on Saturday, 3/24, we were lucky enough to visit ABC15′s Sonoran Living and introduce them to our spring collection. Check out the video to see how much fun we had with them!


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Tagged abc, abc15, dillards, fashion, fashion show, fashion square, karen kane, phoenix, scottsdale, sonoran living, spring 2012

Insourcing American Jobs

Karen Kane was honored to be invited to attend the White House’s forum on Insourcing Americans today! CEO Lonnie Kane attended on behalf of the company and joined the conversation hosted by President Obama and Vice President Biden.

“Today I am meeting with companies choosing to invest in the one country with the most productive workers, best universities, and most creative and innovative entrepreneurs in the world: the United States of America.” – President Obama

To read more about this exciting forum, you can read about it on the LA Times.

80% of Karen Kane’s collection is made in the United States. To see our special capsule collection of exclusively American-made items for Dillard’s, click here.

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Tagged american made, dillards, insourcing, lonnie kane, made in usa, obama, washington, white house

Karen Kane’s “Made in USA” Collection at Dillard’s

Did you know that over 80% of Karen Kane is manufactured in the United States? That figure is getting a big boost this season by our special “Made in America” capsule collection exclusively for Dillard’s. Check out some of the special pieces below that were designed and handcrafted in the United States:

Scoopneck Dress

Embellished V-Neck Top

Animal-Print Burnout Top

Animal-Print Burnout Top

Kimono-Sleeve Top


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Tagged american made, dillards, dresses, holiday 2011, made in usa, red, special collection, tops

Dillard’s Holiday Fashion Show: Fun in the Phoenix Sun

Posing for a photo after the show

This past weekend I had the joy of attending a Karen Kane holiday fashion show put on by Dillard’s at Scottsdale’s Fashion Square Mall. It was a lot of fun to meet loyal Karen Kane customers (who also happened to model in the show!) as well as lots of Phoenix-area fashion bloggers who came out to see the show. Among the bloggers in attendance were Karen from Scottsdale Fashionista, Sarai and Edna from Global Runway, Courtney from Phoenix is Haute, Kara from Sunshine Cupcakes, Kristianne from Fashion Route, Katherine from Sparkle Farkle, Angela from Forward Fashion Diary, Dustin from IndieStitch, and Lauren from Phoenix Fashion Week.

Phoenix fashion bloggers!

The show was a huge success, and the models all looked great in their various looks put together by Dillard’s dedicated Karen Kane specialist, Yolanda Quinbar. She was phenomenal in putting the together so quickly and professionally. Take a look at some of the links below to find out more about the show and see photos of the looks featured. It was a great weekend! Can’t wait to visit Phoenix again soon!

-Michael

Forward Fashion Diary: http://forwardfashiondiary.com/2011/10/karen-kane-fashion-show/

Fashion Route: http://fashionroute.blogspot.com/2011/10/karen-kane-holiday-2011-fashion-show.html

Sparkle Farkle: http://www.abitofsparklefarkle.com/2011/11/karen-kane-holiday-2011.html

Sunshine Cupcakes: http://www.sunshine-cupcakes.com/2011/10/karen-kane-fashion-show.html

Global Runway: http://global-runway.blogspot.com/2011/10/karen-kane-fashion-show-dillards.html

Scottsdale Fashionista: http://www.scottsdalefashionista.com/some-girls-are-just-meant-to-shine/

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Tagged blog press, bloggers, dillards, fall 2011, fashion route, fashion show, forward fashion diary, global runway, holiday 2011, indiestitch, phoenix, phoenix fashion week, phoenix is haute, scottsdale, scottsdale fashionista, sparkle farkle, sunshine cupcakes

Our Top 5 June Styles!

 

1Ruffled Print Tank @ Nordstrom – This abstract print is a summer must! The yellow, white, and black design is fresh and sunny for the season and the flowy design will keep you cool on the hottest summer days.

2 – Ruffled Bolero @ Bloomingdale’s – A brand new style for us, this ruffled bolero has a great fun and wild vibe for summer. The rayon/spandex blend ensures an ultra-comfortable fit.

3 – Printed Maxi Dress @ Bloomingdale’s – It’s impossible to imagine summer without a perfect maxi dress to add your wardrobe. We’re detailed this classic style with a graphic print that is sure to get you noticed in all the right ways.

4 – Knit/Lace Dress @ Dillard’s – This scoop neck dress is detailed with a knit tank top and a gorgeous lace skirt. Casual enough for weekends and sophisticated enough for weekdays, this dress is a true must-have.

5 – Palm Printed Shift Dress @ Belk – A fun tropical print can bring a relaxed vibe to any day. This shift dress is so comfortable that you’ll feel like you’re on a summer vacation as soon as you slip it on. The rayon/spandex blend is a perfect fabrication to beat the summer heat.

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Tagged belk, bloomingdale's, bolero, dillards, june, knit/lace dress, lace, maxi dress, nordstrom, palm print, print, ruffled tank, shift dress, summer, tank, top items

Karen Kane Team Member of the Moment: Amanda Hunter

At Karen Kane, we pride ourselves on seeking out great individuals to represent our brand and help bring it to life in the best way possible for our customers. Sometimes, we get lucky and those great individuals find us. Amanda Hunter is exactly one of those cases. I’m very happy to share Amanda’s excitement for our brand and provide you with a bit more of a peek behind the curtains of Karen Kane. I’d also be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to thank Amanda for being a truly stellar representative of Karen Kane. Her passionate enthusiasm and strong dedication to our customers make us extremely proud to call her a colleague and friend.

Amanda Hunter - Karen Kane Retail Merchandiser

Name: Amanda Hunter

Time employed at Karen Kane: 4 years

Position: Retail Merchandiser (regions covered: North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Virginia; stores visited: Belk, Dillard’s, Macy’s)

How did you end up working at Karen Kane? What was it like when you first started?

I was working for Belk, a large department store chain in the southeast, as an Area Sales Manager for the Ladies Better Sportswear area which carried the Karen Kane line.  I wore the merchandise, sold it to customers, and had formed a strong relationship with the Karen Kane representative that covered the area.  She noticed my passion for merchandising the product and enthusiasm when new groups would arrive at the store.  I really wanted to do more with Karen Kane as a company because I heard so many great things from our rep that visited the store.  I inquired about the position and the rest is history.  I have loved my job since day one!

When I first started, I really had to get to know my territory well to avoid getting lost! MapQuest (and later my GPS) became my best friends on the road – to this day I never leave home without one or the other!

Amanda poses with two other Karen Kane retail merchandisers - Jessica Piric and Courtney Richardson

What aspects of working at Karen Kane do you enjoy most?

I really enjoy working with my specialists and associates who sell Karen Kane.  Building the business and brand awareness has always been a personal goal of mine. I love working with customers and dressing them in clothes that make them feel good about themselves.  It is very rewarding to see customers living and embodying the Karen Kane brand.

What are some things you always hear on the road?

As a retail merchandiser for Karen Kane, I receive many customers asking whether or not merchandise fits well on them.  Without a doubt, the one question I always hear is:  ”Will my husband like this on me?”!!!  Needless to say, I have not received a complaint from a husband yet!

Amanda provides some tips at a recent fashion show at Belk Phipps Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia

What’s your fondest memory working at Karen Kane?

There are so many fond memories, but one in particular really stands out.  It actually occurred a few months before my position came open.  The store where I was working received a visit from Lonnie Kane [Karen's husband, Lonnie, runs the company with her], his Vice President, and the Belk Account Executive at the time.  It meant so much to me and the people that I worked with and my specialist.  The Belk store where I worked was not that big, but consistently showed a strong business in Karen Kane.  They had meetings in the Charlotte area and wanted to come by and see this store.  Everyone was so nice and Lonnie was very personable and funny!  He brought a special gift basket just for specialist who had been in the position for 10 years.   When I found out about the job opening for representative a few months later, he and his team were one of the reasons why I wanted to work for Karen Kane.

What is something that no one at Karen Kane knows about you?

I can hold my own when it comes to talking about sports!  College basketball, MLB, NBA, NFL, etc.  Believe it or not, my favorite show to watch on Sunday morning is ESPN’s “Sports Reporters”!

Amanda poses for a quick photo with the Karen Kane specialist at Belk in Asheville, North Carolina

Have you changed in any way since starting at Karen Kane?

I feel that I have grown up a lot and continue to grow everyday.  I credit much of that to the kind and caring boss that I have.  Shawn Hockney has been a great influence to me and one of the contributing factors for my success with this company. Also, all employees that I have met, whether they are in the showroom, factory, or one of the other RMs, have made some sort of impact on me that has helped me be successful.

What is it like to work at Karen Kane?

When I wake up every morning, I just enjoy going to my job.  Well, maybe not the 4:00 am mornings when I have to catch a flight… but once I get going, it is so much fun!  I love the fact that we are a small company because I feel that I have a voice and that I am heard.

 

Amanda and fellow RM, Angie Crego, in front of Times Square

 

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