Q&A: Breezies’ Kathy Gendel

The Malvern designer shares her favorite fashions.



 

Kathy Gendel

Photo by Tessa Marie Images

Her company: My husband and I patented a high-performance, moisture-wicking fabric—and the rest of the story has been my dream. We have designed QVC’s largest brand of intimates, Breezies, and I am fortunate enough to work with my three daughters, Kalina, Laurissa and Catherine, on a daily basis.

Favorite designer: Jean Paul Gaultier. He’s always created designs that have been fashionably edgy. I have a gorgeous ballerina-length, tiered-lace skirt and a military-style peplum jacket of his from the early 1980s that I would love to shadowbox.

She’s an: Accessories person. I love to change up any jacket or dress with a different scarf, a fabulous belt, statement boots and an awesome handbag.

Style icon: Audrey Hepburn. I must have 50 little black dresses.

Go-to casual outfit for a Saturday: A little black dress accessorized with high boots, lace tights, a big handbag and chunky jewelry. I love my skull bracelet from Barbara Bixby.

Go-to outfit for a Saturday night: I would transition the same black dress and pare down my boots to strappy sandals—and a smaller handbag, which is always my black, classic Chanel quilted-leather bag with a silver-tone chain.

Favorite thing in her closet: A tunic-length vest—summer or winter, it just works.

Item in her closet that gets the most wear: Black leggings from Spanx. You can dress them up or down.

Dream item: I recently found a very coveted Stella McCartney bag at a local discounter. I think that may become my birthday present from my husband.

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