We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristine Thompson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kristine, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
I was inspired to found KIN by Kristine due to a lack of representation for plus size bodies in fashion. Specifically, as a plus size woman, I wanted to create a clothing line that celebrates the beauty of plus size women with a collection of clothing that is trendy and flattering to curvy bodies. It’s very rare for a plus size clothing line to be run by a plus size woman, however, I firmly believe in being the change I want to see. This is why I personally design every item in my line, to ensure that each piece meets the standards expected of any top clothing brand.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a plus size fashion blogger, turned fashion designer. After launching my blog, TrendyCurvy.com in September of 2013 and growing it to amass a following of 1 million+, I still felt like something was missing in the plus size fashion space. After some time, I decided to take the leap of faith to invest in my own plus size fashion brand, KIN by Kristine. KIN by Kristine is completely self-funded, as well as personally designed by me.
Prior to launching my brand, I took a year to really delve into sewing (a skill that my mother actually first introduced me to) so that I could have complete creative control of the designs for the line. I wanted to be able to think of an idea for a piece and actually see it come to life, testing different things along the way.
Having been in the plus size fashion space for the past 7 years, it was really important to me to have quality & trendy plus size clothing, made by an actual plus size woman (a rarity in the industry). KIN by Kristine is founded on unapologetic confidence and the desire to share that with women through clothing.
As a plus size woman, I recognize we are often overlooked. This is why I’ve worked diligently to create safe, fun, digital content that celebrates the beauty of plus size women. Whether it’s through my blog or my social media platforms, my goal is to use my influence to empower other plus size women to be unapologetically confident, one of the principles KIN by Kristine is founded on.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If a good friend was coming to visit Los Angeles, I would start off by taking them to all of the picturesque, Instagram-worthy spots. It’s cliché and touristy, but it’s that way for a reason. I would take them to the Malibu beaches for a day in the sun, along with beautiful cliffside views while dreaming of living in a waterfront home. I would take them to Hollywood to see the crazy sites and food hot spots like Beauty & Essex and Tao. If they are a friend that likes designer things, a trip to Rodeo Drive would be a must. We could also stop by Crustaceans or Barton G while we are in the area. A quick turn to West Hollywood, we would have brunch at the rooftop at the Mondrian hotel, then do a little shopping, then round the day out with happy hour at one of the many chic & delicious restaurants in the area. For a lowkey day, we could walk around the Grove and do some shopping there. And you can’t forget about Downtown LA. If the friend is adventurous and wants a taste of non-tourist LA, I would take them to the Alley where you can find just about anything shopping-wise. Then cool off with some delicious fruit with tajin and chamoy from the street vendors. Finally, I could not let them leave without having some soul food from some of my favorite places like Dulan’s on Crenshaw, BBQ from Woody’s and of course, Roscoe’s. On the way to dropping them off at the airport, I would schedule time to stop by In-n-Out on their way out.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My brand’s name, KIN, is an ode to my own kin. KIN means family and that is exactly what I want my brand to feel like. In fact, KIN is actually an acronym for my family. The “K”stands for myself, Kristine, the “I” stands for my mother, Iris, and “N” stands for my sister, Nicole. These women have had a huge influence on the woman that I am today and I could not think of a better name for this clothing line. I am them and they are me, just as we are every woman. We are KIN.
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