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co-founder -- Kipper Clothiers





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urbanemenswear:

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.

For more information or to book an appointment, call or email them at:

Kipper Clothiers
Phone: 415.890.4431
info@kipperclothiers.com 

A big thanks to Urbane-Menswear for interviewing Kipper Clothiers!

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urbanemenswear:

Urbane Inquiry presents…
Kyle Moshrefi, stylist & blogger 
(Photography by Amanda Smith at www.another-smith.com)
Kyle Moshrefi, a J.Crew stylist and Everlane freelancer, takes menswear-inspired clothing to another level. She prefers plaid bow ties around her neck over lace ribbon bows in her hair. With a classic pair of leather oxfords ready to go, this San Francisco blogger shares her style inspirations and how women can make menswear their own. Why do you prefer men’s clothing over women’s?
For me it’s just been how I’ve always dressed. I grew up with two older brothers and got all of their hand-me-downs right from the beginning. I mean, that’s not why I dress the way I do. It’s just what feels normal and natural for me now. I would feel silly in heels and a dress. Trousers and oxfords just seem to suit me better. Also, none of the clothes I wear are actual men’s clothes. Everything I own is women’s clothing—just menswear inspired. I am way too petite to fit into anything made for a man. What are some new designers on your radar right now? 
I wouldn’t say there is anyone new on my radar per se. It’s more like I am paying closer attention to some already well-known designers. I’m really into the whole Thom Browne style of wearing my pants right now, you know, the no socks and high-water look. Sid Mashburn does it, too. These guys are big on having no break in their trousers and I’m really digging that. It just looks crisp and clean. I think Michael Bastian is also doing some great things and will continue to get better as the seasons go by. It bums me out that I can’t fit into any of their clothes. What are your summer must-have items?
Definitely a pair of boat shoes, lightweight button shirts, and V-neck tees.As a stylist, what is the most common mistake you see men making?
A lot of men wear their clothes too big. I think for most of them it isn’t intentional—they just don’t know what the fit is supposed to be like on certain items because no one has ever told them before. I think a lot of them also have an issue of not dressing age appropriately. Again, it is probably not on purpose. I think men have a hard time asking for help when they are shopping for clothes, so they just wing it. That’s why having online forums, like Tumblr and Urbane, are great. It gives guys a way to see what other guys are doing, and it allows them to ask questions.Who inspires the way you dress?
That is a hard question. I don’t think there is any one person out there that inspires the way I dress. I think I take little bit from a lot of different people. There are the big boys, like Thom Browne, Sid Mashburn, and Ralph Lauren who definitely have an appeal to me, but then there are people I see on The Sartorialist or various other street wear blogs who I gather inspiration from as well. I think I lean towards the classic Americana look just because it feels so effortless, but still crisp and dressed up. I like to gather ideas from the different outfits I see people wearing (whether in real life or online) and then give it my own spin so as to personalize it and make it work for me. Which do you prefer - ties or bow ties? Why?
I have no preference honestly. I usually decide at the last minute based on what I am already wearing. Sometimes ties can be annoying underneath a sweater because of the little pooch it gives towards your waist, so on those days I will probably opt for a bow tie. Bow ties are fun, and I definitely like to play around with them as much as I can. It’s funny. I think people aren’t used to seeing women wearing a tie or a bow tie, so I get a lot of compliments when I do wear one. I’m not doing it for the compliments, but it is always nice to see people embracing women who wear menswear-inspired clothes. What did you wear today?
Today I am wearing my brown Italian leather oxfords that I purchased in Paris last summer, J.Crew charcoal grey slim fitting wool trousers, a navy ribbon belt with a red and white fleur de lis crest pattern from Sid Mashburn, a blue and white striped button shirt from Lacoste, a charcoal grey button vest from Theory that matches my trousers perfectly, and a vintage red striped tie. I felt like getting a little fancy today. 

oh remember this? this was fun.

urbanemenswear:

Urbane Inquiry presents…

Kyle Moshrefi, stylist & blogger 

(Photography by Amanda Smith at www.another-smith.com)

Kyle Moshrefi, a J.Crew stylist and Everlane freelancer, takes menswear-inspired clothing to another level. She prefers plaid bow ties around her neck over lace ribbon bows in her hair. With a classic pair of leather oxfords ready to go, this San Francisco blogger shares her style inspirations and how women can make menswear their own. 


Why do you prefer men’s clothing over women’s?

For me it’s just been how I’ve always dressed. I grew up with two older brothers and got all of their hand-me-downs right from the beginning. I mean, that’s not why I dress the way I do. It’s just what feels normal and natural for me now. I would feel silly in heels and a dress. Trousers and oxfords just seem to suit me better. Also, none of the clothes I wear are actual men’s clothes. Everything I own is women’s clothing—just menswear inspired. I am way too petite to fit into anything made for a man. 

What are some new designers on your radar right now? 

I wouldn’t say there is anyone new on my radar per se. It’s more like I am paying closer attention to some already well-known designers. I’m really into the whole Thom Browne style of wearing my pants right now, you know, the no socks and high-water look. Sid Mashburn does it, too. These guys are big on having no break in their trousers and I’m really digging that. It just looks crisp and clean. I think Michael Bastian is also doing some great things and will continue to get better as the seasons go by. It bums me out that I can’t fit into any of their clothes. 

What are your summer must-have items?

Definitely a pair of boat shoes, lightweight button shirts, and V-neck tees.

As a stylist, what is the most common mistake you see men making?

A lot of men wear their clothes too big. I think for most of them it isn’t intentional—they just don’t know what the fit is supposed to be like on certain items because no one has ever told them before. I think a lot of them also have an issue of not dressing age appropriately. Again, it is probably not on purpose. I think men have a hard time asking for help when they are shopping for clothes, so they just wing it. That’s why having online forums, like Tumblr and Urbane, are great. It gives guys a way to see what other guys are doing, and it allows them to ask questions.

Who inspires the way you dress?

That is a hard question. I don’t think there is any one person out there that inspires the way I dress. I think I take little bit from a lot of different people. There are the big boys, like Thom Browne, Sid Mashburn, and Ralph Lauren who definitely have an appeal to me, but then there are people I see on The Sartorialist or various other street wear blogs who I gather inspiration from as well. I think I lean towards the classic Americana look just because it feels so effortless, but still crisp and dressed up. I like to gather ideas from the different outfits I see people wearing (whether in real life or online) and then give it my own spin so as to personalize it and make it work for me. 

Which do you prefer - ties or bow ties? Why?

I have no preference honestly. I usually decide at the last minute based on what I am already wearing. Sometimes ties can be annoying underneath a sweater because of the little pooch it gives towards your waist, so on those days I will probably opt for a bow tie. Bow ties are fun, and I definitely like to play around with them as much as I can. It’s funny. I think people aren’t used to seeing women wearing a tie or a bow tie, so I get a lot of compliments when I do wear one. I’m not doing it for the compliments, but it is always nice to see people embracing women who wear menswear-inspired clothes. 

What did you wear today?

Today I am wearing my brown Italian leather oxfords that I purchased in Paris last summer, J.Crew charcoal grey slim fitting wool trousers, a navy ribbon belt with a red and white fleur de lis crest pattern from Sid Mashburn, a blue and white striped button shirt from Lacoste, a charcoal grey button vest from Theory that matches my trousers perfectly, and a vintage red striped tie. I felt like getting a little fancy today.