New York-based accessories designer Eugenia Kim is known for her collection of hats that flatter and accentuate the shape of a woman's face. It was after graduating from the Parsons School of Design and completing a year-long job at Allure magazine that Kim found herself with a budding hat collection and several shop owners who wanted to purchase the designs. Since founding her eponymous line, Kim has opened a retail store, created a shoe line, won the Perry Ellis Award for Accessories Design from the CFDA in 2004, and in 2006 she published a book on hatmaking.
Jobless and fresh out of a year-long stint at Allure magazine, Eugenia Kim, having recently shaved her head because of a bad haircut, was shopping in Soho wearing a red guinea-feathered cloche she had made. Several store owners immediately took notice, and by the end of the day Eugenia had appointments with two stores to see her collection. The Eugenia Kim brand was born, and quite by accident. Each hat is a work of art, drawing inspiration from the simple and the extravagant and always demanding attention.