Spotlight on Kimberly Jurek
March 30th, 2011 •
If you’re looking for gorgeous new garments for spring, mark Cliché’s Open House and Trunk Show on your calendar! Local designers Kimberly Jurek and Amanda Christine Natzel will showcase their spring collections on April 8 at Cliché. Get to know a little more about Kimberly Jurek and her collection in her Q&A’s below!
What was your inspiration for your collection?
The inspiration for this collection was based on my love for spring and summer gardening and all of the amazing color that comes back to us every year. Living in Minnesota really makes you appreciate when the flowers and trees start blooming and growing again. Many of the prints I chose reflect this color and brightness. I also used some gingham, which has been really fun to incorporate the flavor of the Minnesota picnic. I also wanted to stay true to the easy to wear pieces K.Jurek has become known for and that fit right in with the many, many prints used. You will also find some new organic fabrics in soybean and cotton that are so wonderful on. I am especially happy to have found a company in the US that I can order this through and will be bringing this into future collections as well.
You have said that you are inspired by your travels. Where are some of the best places that you have travelled?
Some of my favorite places that I have visited or lived have been Italy, Argentina, Costa Rica and I love road tripping to parts in the US like the west coast, east coast, Nevada and Arizona as well as the Black Hills area. My husband and I love to camp, so often we tent or cabin it to save a little money and this allows us to take more trips per year. We are definitely getting the travel bug again and are trying to decide where to go before our baby comes at the end of July.
You were voted top local designer in METRO Magazine’s 2010 Best of List. What was it like to win this award?
I was in Argentina when I found out, and I was really, really excited and honored….we have such amazing designers and talent in Minnesota and it made me feel very special to be chosen. I love what I do, and being recognized for that made me feel so happy.
Why are you passionate about producing local and “green” garments?
K.Jurek began 6 years ago when I returned from studying fashion design in Italy. Everything began here with me making each piece, and then I tried producing and buying textiles from Guatemala and just found it so difficult to keep tabs on the quality. So with a lot of money and time already invested in that direction, I decided to try to bring it all back to Minnesota. My Mom graciously took over the quality control and the sewing of each garment ordered, and I made the patterns, samples and ordered fabrics. My fabric source list has evolved from SR Harris to include companies in LA, NY, Canada and Europe. In the past it was more difficult to find organic or sustainable fabric sources that would sell to independent designers like myself, but that continues to change for the better and honestly, its not only good for the environment, but they feel amazing on! The trouble is always finding companies that will sell without minimums and ones that you can re-order from! For now, we produce on average 75 garments per month locally…sometimes over 100 pieces and it can be crazy during high production/shipping times…but there is nothing like having it all in my backyard.