Eugenia Kim at Neiman Marcus

This past Saturday was fashion packed. Trunk shows, fashion shows and after parties filled my day. Oh, how wonderful! I started things off by popping by the Eugenia Kim trunk show at Neiman Marcus. I met up with Marjorie Handelman, St. Louis native and Sales Director at Eugenia Kim, where we talked about their latest headwear collection for fall/winter. Plus, kick-ass cookies by that featured EK’s signature hats were provided.

Eugenia Kim the brand came to be out of a bad haircut. After going through med school and spending some time in a hospital after a skiing injury, Eugenia decided being a doctor wasn’t for her. She enrolled in Parsons The New School of Design and took a millinery class while interning for Allure magazine. One night, Eugenia came home after having a few drinks and decided to cut her own hair. It didn’t turn out as planned and resulted in ultimately shaving her head. In the midst of a cold winter, she created haircut hats and feather cloches to keep her head warm. While walking around in Soho, boutiques took notice of her creations and wanted to sell her collection. She didn’t have one so she went and created one. The collection is now sold everywhere, including Bergdorf’s, Neiman, Saks, Nordstrom and Lord and Taylor.

The fall/winter collection is made up of various fabrics and furs, including wool, alpaca, Arctic fox fur, rabbit felt, feathers, calfskin leather, cashmere, tweed and woven straw- a variety of luxurious looks and textures.

Eugenia Kim makes their headwear with the utmost care majorly in their New York showroom (which I love) while some woven wool hats are made in Peru.

I had a great time at Neiman learning about the Eugenia Kim brand and talking with Marjorie. The story of how the brand came to be makes me giggle a bit and knowing how much care and thought are put into the making of the headwear makes me love the brand even more. I especially love the Felix hat, of course.

Photos are from the St. Louis event. For more Eugenia Kim, visit See ALIVE Magazine’s top five picks from the event here.

Stay tuned for coverage on the Tribute show that occurred Saturday evening.


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