The key to Jen Kao's designs can be found in one phrase: "easy dramatics." Though undeniably sexy, her clothes are always comfortable, accessible, and created with the needs of the woman who will wear them in mind. "My customer is a woman who is always moving and always making things move." Kao says, "There are intelligent ways to convey sexuality. A woman can emphasize her assets, internal and external, without revealing the obvious."
Born in Los Angeles and raised in Kansas, Kao moved to New York in 1999 to study Studio Art at NYU. Building on her passion for fine art and with a desire to explore three-dimensional design, Kao recognized her growing interest in textile construction. She subsequently obtained a graduate degree in fashion design from Parsons.
Jen Kao debuted her eponymous Spring 2008 Collection with a show dedicated to her peers; strong, modern and complex individuals with a cultivated sense of personal style. She has established an identity as a designer known for innovative tailoring, intricately seemed leather pieces, and experimental knits. Kao's talent for three-dimensional sculptural art is reflected in her design aesthetic, highlighting the contrast between architectural construction and fluid draping.
Jen Kao's empowering sophistication has won her notable fans and multiple collaborations with some of today's most influential artistic talents. The Jen Kao collection is crafted in New York City.