KMJ: Women’s Off-the-Shoulder Tops That Steal from Mens' Closets
Kate Mchale Jensen is producing the boyfriend shirt, remade to be sexy, confident and pretty daring. Because face it, we've all thought, if you just nipped a little there, tucked some here this guy's shirt would look so good on me. We don't take scissors to our husbands' or boyfriends' shirts, but Kate does, cutting quality menswear down to fit a woman's body.
Making classics contour to female forms has been a specialty since Kate refashioned slacks to fit more like jeans in her last line. Now she's focusing above the waist, sourcing high-end button-down shirts and recreates them as tops that women can dress up or down. Originally she improvised, remaking a shirt from her husband's closet. When her friends admired the fine fabric, collar-bone featuring cut-out shoulders, and rakish cuffs, KMJ began in Santa Barbara, California. Kate's designs are upcycled with careful attention to the quality of the original product and the sewing skills of US workers.
Kate, designer and owner of KMJ, has a long history of working in the fashion industry. Starting with many years of retail, working the sales floor to being a buyer for Wendy Foster Pierre Lafond in Southern California, Kate got a feel for what made women feel great about what they were wearing. Her experience in fabrication and manufacture at a Los Angeles denim product producer taught her how to get the most out of materials and get the best value.