Urbane Inquiry presents…
Kyle Moshrefi of Kipper Clothiers
Two years ago we interviewed Kyle for one of our first Urbane Inquiries when she was working for J. Crew. Today, she has teamed up with Alex Orozco and Erin Berg to bring Kipper Clothiers to the Bay Area. They provide custom made suits to the LGBT community in order to provide true fit and style to their customers. At the moment their services are only limited to the local San Francisco area, but we hope that they will eventually expand.
What inspired you to begin Kipper Clothiers?
As individuals, Erin Berg, Alex Orozco and I have had success with our own personal styles because we each have an eye for design and fit. At the same time, we’ve seen too many of our friends waste time and money on suits that were poorly crafted or only alluded to a good fit. My colleagues and I met while working as the stylists for Tomboy Tailors, where we saw room for improvement. Kipper Clothiers wants to reach beyond the minimum acceptability of placing female-bodied people in masculine styled suits by providing true fit along with expert styling. We knew we could make the experience better with higher quality fabrics and on-time delivery.
How is the tailoring different compared to going to a traditional tailor?
A lot of people in our community don’t feel comfortable going to traditional tailors because of degrading or non-existent customer service experiences in menswear departments. We’ve had a few customers who have told us that they gave up shopping in person all together and they were happy we existed.
In addition to creating a safe space for our clientele, by offering our services at their home or office, we have a guarantee called the Put-Together Promise. We offer premium service that begins with educating clientele on styling advice and their proper fit. As stylists, we act as guides through the finishing touches and the finer details of a polished look.
Tell us more about the creative process between the creators.
Our individual professional backgrounds mesh well within our roles at Kipper Clothiers. Something we decided to do early on was build a non-hierarchical company. Egos aside, and with our ideal clients in mind, this format has lead to honest discussions about what’s best for the clientele we serve. We maintain an open-minded, fashion-conscious culture centered around our passion for redefining iconic styles for lesbians and trans men. It helps that we’re in San Francisco where we get to draw inspiration from the strong queer community.
What is the importance to have a clothing line like this for the community?
Kipper Clothiers recognizes that their customers want shirts and suits that create a more masculine silhouette. It’s impossible to create a special suit or shirt formula that could address the intricacies of sizing and comfort within the LGBT community. Kipper Clothiers’ innovative, transparent approach is to customize shirts and suits to the individual. That means shoulders are form fitting, armholes are raised, and pants are constructed to provide a cleaner line from the waist to the ankle. We’re reaching beyond the minimum acceptability of placing individuals in masculine styled suits by providing true fit along with expert styling.
How have people responded since the launch?
There have been two groups of people, both excited. Some were people who have heard or experienced similar companies and were happy to hear that we launched. The second group is made up of people who have never heard of this upcoming industry. Those people react with horror stories of their experiences, hugs, and even once, a customer cried because they were so happy this finally exists. We’ve had a lot of support and we can’t wait to get more people in well-fitting shirts and suits.
What does the future hold for the company?
Our singular focus is getting our clientele in shirts and suits that fit and look great. In the two months since we’ve launched we have been successful in booking appointments and delighting clients. We’re excited for the future and know we don’t want to expand too quickly. We have seen similar Bay Area companies raise funds, gain clientele, and make promises without being able to deliver on-time. We have big plans for the future and you’ll have to follow us on Facebook and Tumblr to keep up.
What did you wear today?
Today I am wearing brown tassel loafers that I bought during my last trip to Paris. I have on ankle-length, slim fitting navy trousers, an anchor motif belt, a Giles & Brother Skinny Railroad Spike bracelet, my custom Kipper Clothiers gingham shirt, and a camel color linen blazer. Erin is wearing custom Allen Edmonds Shelton Saddle Oxfords, khaki chinos, a pink OCBD, a white paisley bowtie, and a navy and white seersucker blazer. Alex is wearing brown Ted Baker loafers, British khaki trousers with a matching 5 button vest, and her custom Kipper Clothiers shirt, buttoned to the neck, in red and white check, and Warby Parker eye glasses.
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