On Wednesday, June 6, Caitlin Kelly previewed her debut Spring/Summer 2013 collection on the rooftop of TF Cornerstone's 2 Gold Street in the heart of Manhattan's Financial District. Caitlin Kelly is an FIT graduate and an emerging designer in luxury swimwear.
Her fashion experience is diverse, including swimwear design for Badgley Mischka and mens swimwear designed for Target. After a brief tenure at AH Schreiber, Caitlin accepted a position as Head Designer for Aerin Rose Swimwear in 2011, where she debuted her designs at the Miami swim show that same year.
The line was very well-received; so much so that the owner of Jordan Taylor Inc. offered Caitlin the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to create her own self-titled label of high-end swimwear. The result of this opportunity is the collection that was shown in New York City that night.
The line features convertible bikinis, monokinis, and chic one-pieces with accompanying cover-ups, as well as men's trunks, using fabrics imported from Italy and Canada and manufactured in New York.
"I’m really excited to have debuted my collection last night," says Kelly. "I feel like I’ve just woken up from the most amazing dream, but my dream came true and I’m truly blessed. Standing backstage and seeing each piece walk down the runway can only be equated to watching your child ride the bus to school for the first time."
Next up, you can find Caitlin Kelly officially showing her collection at the the MBFW Miami Swim Show at the Miami Convention Center in July, 2012.
Was fashion your first career aspiration?
Describe your fashion line – what about it differs from other swimwear lines?
The fashion business is considered one of the most cut-throat industries. What do you plan on doing to succeed?
Do you plan on branching out of just swimwear? If so what other lines are you interested in pursuing?