After decades of working in fashion, Elaine Kim launched her namesake label, ELAINE KIM, in 2008. Through her fashion collection, Elaine Kim explores a highly personal vision of creativity, craft, and self-expression. Her versatile pieces have garnered a devoted following of editors, stylists, and clients around the world. Elaine Kim's profile and designs have been featured in numerous international publications as well as in WWD, W, Harper's Bazaar, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, and Marie Claire.
Elaine was born in Korea and grew up in the United States. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and attended the Sorbonne in Paris. She is fluent in five languages including Korean. Elaine began her fashion career with the founding of ECRU, an elite Los Angeles boutique known for first introducing cutting edge European brands to the US market, such as John Galliano, Anne Demeulemeester, Costume National, and Sybilla.
With her Product and Elaine Kim collections, she developed a fine eye for the best in international sourcing. She is considered a founder of “quiet luxury” and dresses accomplished women around the country.
Designed for busy and sophisticated women who regularly traverse the globe, the ELAINE KIM Collection is a rigorously curated wardrobe solution of coordinating styles. The collection has garnered a devoted community of discerning fashionistas who rely on her system of ultra-versatile pieces to take them from continent to continent, from occasion to occasion, and even from season to season.
Featuring luxurious fabrications, the ELAINE KIM collection is comprised of 30 to 50 pieces each season. Her designs are a concise selection of travel-friendly, easy to layer, day-to-evening separates, dresses, outerwear and accessories. Kim favors modern urban hues and is inspired by industrial settings.
The ELAINE KIM Collection is sold in the best stores throughout the US and abroad.
Elaine Kim opened her first Los Angeles atelier and boutique in Los Angeles in 2010. She expanded her retail footprint by opening new stores on Sunset Boulevard, in the Brentwood neighborhood of Santa Monica, and at the prestigious Montage Hotel in Laguna Beach. Each of these locations house her growing lifestyle collection. They carry a selection of curated lifestyle products including footwear, accessories, gifts, and home decor.
The first ELAINE KIM New York City boutique was opened in 2017 in the fashionable downtown district of Nolita, adjacent to Soho. An additional location was opened on Madison Avenue at 88th Street in the classically chic Upper East Side to better reach her ever-growing customer base.
Elaine Kim directs numerous pop-ups shops and seasonal trunk shows at exclusive travel destinations, including the Hamptons, Aspen, Jackson Hole, Deer Valley, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Dallas, Houston, and Miami. Each customer receives personalized wardrobe styling equipping them for wherever life may take them!