- New Line I KNOW You’ll Love from Industry Vet -
Every now and then, I’ll walk up to a designer’s section in one of my go-to shopping spots and want to buy EVERY SINGLE ITEM I see. Well, that’s exactly how I felt about the brand new collection, Cabe, as I approached their section at the trunk show at TOOTSIES. A summary of my thoughts as I walked up:
"Ooo, I really like this dress…the navy and white is so chic.. and it has sheer panels in the back! Oh, and this peter pan collar sleeveless blouse in navy… oh wait! There’s pink… and white. And, this color blocking blouse… with these pants! Oh, and this tangerine suit! Here’s that dress with cobalt blue trim!…"
Somewhat A.D.D., but you get my drift.
Cabe is the creation of industry veteran Kathy Rego. Kathy spent 10 years with the Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People brands in the Technical Design department. She has been dubbed an expert in the science of fit by others in the fashion industry. With her superior eye for body conscious fitting garments, Kathy focused her Fashion Design knowledge, Technical Design expertise, and years of hands-on sewing of her own clothing to birth a collection that will flatter your frame - starting with an excellent fitting trouser. Kathy explains, “Theory has been the go-to structured pant. We want to bring in something fresh with a little spice through Cabe.”
You can find Cabe at your closest TOOTSIES. Visit their website www.cabestudio.com to keep up with the line, and follow them on facebook to see the excitement unfold. Kathy also brought a preview of the Fall 2012 collection to the trunk show at TOOTSIES… I already have a list of must-haves! The black and green dress above is from Fall 2012. The sleeves are a soft cotton feeling fabric that looks fantastic on everyone… plus the lines are super slimming. You will want to see these pieces. I NEED the color-blocking cobalt blue and black skinny cropped pant in an amazing stretch fabric. They have a fun detail at the bottom that you’ll rave about.
I spent a little time getting to know Kathy and how Cabe came to be… read more below.
Southern Chic Style:How did you come up with the name Cabe?
Kathy Rego:I’ve been sewing since I was 16. My grandmother, Kathryn McCabe, taught me all about sewing and tailoring. We spent many hours watching old movies and Grace Kelly. We started making pants and suits, etc at age 16, 17, 18. When I got to college, I would go out and shop and I could see something, go get fabric, then go home and make it. I would go through a season of my own stuff and all my girlfriends would come over and we’d have a closet/sample sale. I started doing custom work for friends for weddings and events sizes 20 down to size 2. I wasn’t the type that was in the kitchen with my mother. I was always with my grandmother or my father. I liked the technical side of things - taking things apart and putting them back together.
SCS:As an expert in the science of fit, what is your fit philosophy?
KR:After college, I went into Tech design even though I went to school for design. That’s when the industry went to manufacturing overseas. Tech design is a department in a company that works with the asthetic designers and assigns construction and fit to each style - like the architects of it. I ran the Tech Design department for Urban Outfitters and company for 10 years. When I began sewing, we would manipulate patterns to fit appropriately. I know how to look at a garment now and change the pattern to fit the body. (With Cabe) I wanted to create a body conscious line. I wanted a freshness in suiting that is more fun… that focuses on fit, quality, soft and beautiful fabrics. I have my studio in Philadelphia where I have my pattern maker and seamstress. My pattern maker has been with me for 4 years, so we can perfect the fit and quickly move through the process - concept to approving a style in a couple of days.
SCS:You went to Philadelphia University for Fashion Design, but when did you decide you wanted to work in fashion?
KR: Since I was little sewing with my grandmother. You’d make something and get a compliment and when you said you made it, people would say “You’re kidding!” Vogue was the bible. I would read it and study it.
SCS: Through your 10 years with Urban Outfitters, Anthropology, and Free People, was there one moment when you decided, “I can do this on my own”.
KR: I always had the bug. I was in more of the fit and technical design of it, but I had so many ideas and got backing and it was just at the right time.
SCS: Did you always want to have your own line?
KR: I just assumed
SCS: What designers have shaped or inspired your style and philosophy in creating your collection?
KR: There’s ranges. There’s the simplicity and beauty of things like The Row - a little understated, the sex appeal of something like a Dolce & Gabanna dress, then Victoria Beckham met a need in the market for body conscious clothing. Sometimes there’s more beauty in the less complex things like Celine - she’s broken ground with color and color-blocking. I respect intelligent design. I design always relating back to the body. I can’t design ignoring the shape of a woman
SCS: Describe your personal style.
KR: It has different personalities for different days (laughing). Clean understated… but also with an element of surprise
SCS: You began Cabe with pants. How has the collection evolved since you started in 2010.
KR: I really wanted it to be the new suiting line and build a reputation for great fit and great quality… where a customer can come in and pick up a piece knowing they’re a, say Cabe size 6 and they pick up any 6 and know its a great fit without even trying it on. We want to build that confidence with the customer. Once we got the pants where I was comfortable with the quality and fit, I brought that concept into dresses and other pieces.
SCS: Tell me about your family.
KR: My son plays lacrosse and will be attending Georgetown in the fall on a lacrosse scholarship. He has a little creative bug in him, too. For his prom, he said, “Mom, I want a slim cut tux in midnight blue with black piping.” I would go to China with Urban and knew the tailors there were amazing with measurments, so he wanted to get his tux from China… We took his measurements and when the tux arrived it fit just like the tailor were there with us.
SCS: Can you give me a hint of what’s on the horizon for Cabe?
KR: Now that the serious work is done (with perfecting the fit), I really want to work more with prints and fabric textures. There’s a comfortable, wonderful knit from Turkey - it’s structured like a woven, but has the stretch of a knit. I really think we can develop a figure conscious dress line with these fabrics. I also am going to work with embellishments in a Cabe-kind-of-way.
*Find Cabe near you and see and try-on the excellent fitting garments for yourself. This is a collection that will certainly have a place in my closet. TOOTSIES is always bringing in fresh, new collections that definitely please. Gotta give credit to the buyers!