Sam Kori George - The Customer
"I am a neutral coat with a Schiaparelli pink lining - that's how I pop things."
“For me it always starts out with the fabric. “I go in saying I’m looking for half-washed, half-felted, or something stretchy . . . the vendors always try and show you what they’re doing that season, but I usually don’t care.”
“If a garment needs to be draped, I drape. Most of the time I’m with a client, so I have a patternmaker, a cutter, and four sewers. Can I get behind the machine and do it myself? Yes. Do I want to? No.”
“I have a coat fetish. I cannot leave any store without looking at the coats. It could be H&M or Barneys, but if I put on a coat and love it, I buy it.”
“Five years ago, when I went into show rooms, I think they were kind of blown away. ‘You picked this? You’re very advanced!’ I thought, What is that supposed to mean?”
“Design is organized thinking. My eye is constantly working. One time I was in Whole Foods, and I loved the way they had stacked the tomatoes. They were organic, not perfectly shaped. I did a row of beading on the edge of a sleeve; it was clustered just like those tomatoes.”
George’s designs are available at Sam Kori George Atelier, 1 East Delaware Place, Suite 400, 312-337-2710 (by appointment only); www.skgatelier.com.