December 16, 2016

Five Questions with Catherine Quin

Peep her trunk show inside TenOverSix this weekend.

You had a pretty drastic career change from lawyer to fashion designer—what brought this on?

I was always interested in fashion but I never saw it as a feasible career path. Life took me down the academic, legal route and before I knew it I was practicing as a lawyer in a very structured environment in London. Some people really thrive off this high pressure corporate environment but I always craved a more creative outlet. With my law offices nearby, I began taking design classes at the prestigious fashion college, Central Saint Martin’s. The more I learned, the more confident I felt about a career move and finally a few years later, I moved to Los Angeles to gain hands on experience in the fashion industry, working at Vena Cava. With this experience and training combined with my legal background I then felt ready to start my own brand in 2014.

How would you describe your designs in three words?

Refined, minimal, and modern.

Even when you use colors, the muted tones feel a lot like neutrals. Why is this?

The brand always strives to be elegantly understated in order to focus the attention on the woman, enabling her personality and natural beauty to shine through. This applies across the board from the soft tailoring and clean shapes, to the luxurious fabrics and the muted color tones of each collection.

What’s a closet essential every woman needs?

A soft tailored black jacket. It’s such a versatile piece and elevates any outfit, from jeans and a t-shirt to a beautiful cocktail dress.

What’s your favorite accessory to pair with your designs?

A simple gold Maison Margiela collar.

The Details: Stop by TenOverSix on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. to meet Quin and shop her looks.