Studio Visit with Corinne Collection
To truly appreciate the Corinne Collection, you need to touch and feel the fabric. Susan Kim, the owner and designer of Corinne, sources gloriously soft fabrics that are knitted in the USA using threads that are spun and dyed by a family-run Los Angeles, California mill. Each garment is then cut, sewn, and packed by Susan herself. It's no wonder why this carefully crafted brand has become a customer favorite.
We had a chance to meet Susan at her new studio, located in a historic Los Angeles building, to view her 2018 Spring collection and ask a few questions about her and her brand.
Q&A with Susan Kim
Your collections are made of locally-made knits. What made you decide to work with these fabrics?
Before I started Corinne, I always gravitated towards clothing of higher quality fabric so when I went in search of sourcing for fabric, I found that the better quality knits were made locally. The cost for fabric was higher than fabric made in China but it just made sense to work with this fabric because I could not get over the quality.
What is your favorite piece in the Fall 2017 collection?
It definitely has to be the Devin Jumpsuit—I wear it so much that it is really embarrassing.
What drove you to clothing design?
I was always creative and interested in art but found that clothing design was immensely gratifying in that it is constantly evolving and changing.
Where does your label name, Corinne, come from?
Corinne means ‘beautiful maiden’ in French and in the Urban Dictionary it means the ‘best of the best and the girl you want to be’. I loved the meaning of the name and it had street cred so I knew I had to use Corinne as the label’s name.
Living in Los Angeles must be fun, tell us what you like to do in your free time. Any favorite shops or food spots?
I work really long hours so I don’t go out very much but since my studio is in Downtown Los Angeles, I try to go to new places around the area. I recently found a place that has the best acai bowls called Om Nom Organics. Their Mystic Paleo - Black Magic has almond butter and toasted coconut granola that is absolutely amazing. And, Gentle Monster recently opened up their flagship not too far from my studio and it is just a dream to be in there.