Kimberly Wesson and Aimee Cho have been in fashion for several years, driven by a lifelong love for the industry. They are the creative team behind American-made, unisex brand, 1.61. Neither Kimberly or Aimee went to fashion school, their education comes from a lifetime of both loving fashion and dedicating themselves to careers in fashion. They now, admittedly are living their dream, with 1.61.
Kimberly's background is in wholesale and has worked with Rag & Bone and A.L.C. as a fashion consultant. Aimee was Anna Wintour's personal assistant at Vogue Magazine, and went on to write for Vogue. Their brand, 1.61, has been very well received in the fashion industry.
Kimberly and Aimee delve in to how they shaped 1.61 to where it is today, the differences between working for others, and working for yourself, and the obstacles in running their brand. Design, marketing, operations, and sales are split between the two of them, listen as they discuss how they divide, conquer, and collaborate.
The team share an incredible sense of humor and a love for Elsa Klensch (host of CNN's weekly fashion and design show, which ran from 1980 to 2001). They are warm, genuine, and incredibly lovely people.
Music on this episode of The Vault is by Ben Bethurum, check out his SoundCloud for more musical masterpieces.
Hosted by Avery D'Alessandro. Produced by Lynae Cook.