look from the Jordan Louis fall 2015 collection by
Pittsburgh native Kimberly Bowser.
YORK — During the recent New York Fashion Week, the
ready-to-wear women’s line Jordan Louis held a
presentation of its fall 2015 collection in the heart of
rather than the usual catwalk flanked by rows of
discerning fashion aficionados, the scene was an
intimate room with hardwood floors lined with large
windows that let the sun pour in. A melange of models
and mannequins wore the clothes, while live music set
the mood and guests were treated to a champagne and wine
designer behind it all was Kimberly Bowser, a
wanted to do something that was a little more fun than
the normal sit-down and see another show," she
said, "just to mix it up and give people something
what’s different could be considered a driving force
behind the brand. With an education from Indiana
University of Pennsylvania and the Fashion Institute of
Technology under her belt — and about 18 years
designing for major fashion houses, including Elie
Tahari and two stints at Ralph Lauren — Bowser
launched Jordan Louis in 2013 to fill "a few
voids" in women’s wear, she said.
Louis — named after the designer’s father — has
found its niche in what she calls "luxury
casual" wear. High-end fabrics from Italy and an
emphasis on tailored details are staples of the apparel.
The fall collection was inspired by the Miles Davis song
"Generique" and its smooth and sultry style.
That came to life in floral prints in moody hues with
accents of leather and lace. An inherent sensuality ran
throughout in such elements as figure-flattering frocks
and open-back pieces. Fall also featured the debut of
accessories, including some all-over fur handbags.
about the little details," Bowser said, "just
very subtle and refined things that you can feel really
polished and put together in but still be really
just a couple of years, Jordan Louis is establishing a
foothold in the fashion industry. It’s carried online
and in more than 60 fine specialty stores. Plus, it was
on Lucky Magazine’s list of 10 new designers to watch
for fall 2015. The brand also has been appealing to a
wide range of women (including celebrities such as
Taylor Swift) thanks to its quality fabrics, tailoring
and sophisticated-yet-approachable styling.
exactly what you want as a designer — ageless,
timeless pieces that work on all different body types
and all different ages," she said.
Bowser moves forward with the brand, she doesn’t lose
sight of her hometown roots. It is, after all, where her
love of fashion took root. Creativity runs in her
family; her grandparents were painters, and her mother
is a seamstress and has an upholstery business.
started to sew at a really young age," she said.
"I couldn’t find the fashions that I wanted where
I grew up. I lived through Vogue magazine and would just
re-create what I saw."