Kendra Randle, Wife of Knicks’ Julius Randle, Launches Contemporary Line
Kendra Randle, wife of New York Knicks player Julius Randle, is preparing to launch a contemporary sportswear collection called Kalore.
The fall collection includes 11 figure-hugging models, including a tailored pantsuit, dresses, overalls, tops, jackets, blazers and contoured bodysuits. Wholesale prices range from $ 40 to $ 125.
Randle plans to present the collection virtually to the media on Wednesday evening, along with a “meet and greet”.
"I want it to be inclusive for everyone and fit all sizes," said Randle, founder and managing director, noting that the line is between 0 and 16 and between XS and XXL. Randle designed each piece with the intention of inspiring women to feel sexy and strong.
Randle was born in Kentucky and studied fashion design and merchandising at the University of Kentucky. After college, she moved to Los Angeles and practiced with Michael Costello for two years. With her husband in the NBA, they traveled frequently and ended up in New York City last year when he signed with the Knicks. At that time she knew it was time to go into business for herself.
The line she designed a year ago is manufactured in a factory an hour outside of Beijing. There were production delays due to COVID-19. As a result, she won't officially open her fall collection until October 20th. She plans to virtually show the collection to retailers and will ship it immediately. She intends to participate in Coterie and Fame with NuOrder.
Randle reckons the fall bestsellers will be the baby pink blazers with matching pants and what she calls her "Va-Va-Voom" dress, which is very tailored and tailored to the body with cutouts and bones.
"I tried to make it so that every woman could feel classy but sexy," she said. She said the line is aimed at independent women who can wear the clothes to work and then for an evening with friends.
While most of the designs are more "wear to work," there is a satin set that can be worn at home or to go out. In addition to wholesale, the collection is sold on Kaloreofficial.com.
Randle plans to do three collections a year and the spring collection will have 15 to 16 styles.
One day, she said, she would like to open her own retail business. "It's a dream of mine. I want to be smart and do e-commerce first," she said. She works with an all-female team of four employees on the production side, two other employees and a p.r. team.
Regarding her personal life, Randle said she played basketball herself when she was a child and enjoys going to her husband's games. She took her three-year-old son to all home games before the season was interrupted last May. “It's a big part of our lives,” she said. Before COVID-19, they would also travel to the away games and spend two to three days in the other cities.
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