Patty Kim never planned to be a designer. First, she studied journalism as an undergrad at NYU, and then she followed that up with an MBA from Stern School of Business, which led to the kinds of marketing gigs that involved “standing on the other side of a two-way mirror waiting to see what people thought of a new product,” she explains. Though she liked the creative side of her work, spending three weeks a month on the road wasn’t conducive to having kids, so when that time came for her, Patty unleashed her product-development skills on the fashion realm. “I went to a private all-girls school in Baltimore, so I grew up with lots of corduroy and plaid, very understated,” the mom of three explains. “I wanted a more chic version of that—almost scholarly but not in your face.”
With the help of an advisor who used to work with Daryl K. (one of Patty’s favorite lines), she connected with NYC Garment District pattern-makers and hunted down materials like the lightweight Japanese terrycloth of her dreams. In the fall of 2017, she debuted the first Semi Gloss collection, a cozy, sophisticated edit of trim T-shirt dresses and oversize turtleneck sweatshirts—which only need regular mirrors to prove how great they are.