Line & Label: Sexy and Cool

Posted on July 29 2014


Sexy and Cool. 

This is the style mantra, the vision, and the effect on women’s clothes that Kate O’Riley has. Sexy and cool is how she wants women to feel in those clothes. And sexy and cool is so obviously how Kate herself moves through the world. This is a woman who declares leather and lace her favorite fabrics and easily picks Marilyn over Audrey. Her icons? “Sophia Loren for the sexiness factor, and Alison Mosshart for the cool factor.”



Kate grew up in a small town in central Illinois, and at the ripe age of 10 started creatively experimenting with clothing and design. With a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago in hand, she moved to NYC to work for a succession of high end designers. After more than a decade, a self-confessed anti-authoritarian streak inspired her to strike out on her own.

In June, 2013 she opened the doors to Line & Label (the “line” is hers, the “labels” are others’), showcasing independent designers. Many of the items are handmade in the Greenpoint, Brooklyn shop, and you can feel the sleek craftsmanship, high quality, and local pride as soon as you step in the door. Which is exactly what Aimee noticed when she visited the boutique and struck up a conversation, and a collaboration, with Kate in mere moments.

Now working exclusively with Madison Plus to bring her designs to a plus market, her clothes are available across all sizes and geographies, and we’re thrilled to feature her on Hey, Gorgeous! Commonly referred to in the office here as "super cool", keep an eye on the site for the detail and unique aesthetic of her Fall ’14 pieces. They’re built to impress. 



Saying of plus designs, “there is a lack of cool, easy pieces that are well made—and I think that's the void that my designs can fill,” Kate defines a challenge as an opportunity. That’s the kind of design attitude we totally share. The fact that she—and her clothes—are sexy and cool is just a huge bonus. 

Three must-have travel necessities?  

Sunglasses, Chap-stick & headphones.


If you could have any super power what would it be?  

To not have to sleep—sometimes there is just not enough time to do and make everything I want!


If you could live in any decade and why?  

I'm pretty happy right where I am—I think I would have faced more obstacles and challenges in another time or place.


The one book you'd want on a desert island?  

Anything from David Sadaris!  


Favorite music you play while working?
Lately I've been listening to Jonathan Richmond & The Modern Lovers station on Pandora—great mix of working/shopping music!
Red lipstick or shiny gloss?
Shiny gloss!  Red lipstick can be high maintenance!
Most recent couture collection that made you swoon? 
Always love seeing the Valentino collection—it is the epitome of Couture.
What's your favorite app right now?
The app - to stay up on all the runway shows! 



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