On August 15th, 2015, Grace Rose invites you to her Fashion Fundraiser: Benefiting Cystic Fibrosis Research, which will take place at the CBS Studios Radford in Studio City, CA.
Grace Rose is a 12-year-old fashion designer who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at birth, and she is deeply involved in fundraising for the disease. In 2013 she started her alter-ego fashion brand, “Rosie G Style,” and proceeds from sales go back to Cystic Fibrosis to help find a cure.
Cystic Fibrosis is life-threatening and there is no cure—yet. Research is advancing the life expectancy every year. When Grace Rose was born the average life span was approximately the age she is now, and due to new research and medical treatments people with CF are living into their 30’s.
Tickets for the fundraiser are on sale here at Eventbrite.
I hope to see you all there to support the lovely Grace Rose for her amazing cause.
NBC’s “Open House” with host Sara Gore featured my California estate on Sunday, July 26th, 2015. It was so much fun working with the show’s crew and giving them the grand tour! View a sneak peek into my home by watching the video below or on their website.
— Kym Gold
Open House: Inside The Spanish-Style Abode of True Religion Founder
We’re at the Malibu beach house of Kym Gold, co-founder of jeans brand True Religion. Her estate features breathtaking ocean views, bright interiors and just the right amount of designer touches. This episode of Open House was hosted at 560 W 24th St., New York.
Watch the video here.
One of my aspirations is to be an inspiration, and I hope that my upcoming book Gold Standard: How to Rock the World and Run an Empire can be that inspiration. So today I have some book quotes from my new business book and memoir, which will be released on September 1st with Skyhorse Publishing. Please feel free to use these book quotes for yourself to inspire !
Enjoy these book quotes:
Last night’s Designer Boot Camp for Phoenix Fashion Week was an amazing experience! Not only was I able to mentor and teach these amazing new designers in person, but I learned about them too. These upcoming fashion designers are willing to go the distance, willing to learn, and willing to become the best that they can possibly be. It is so thrilling to see the excitement, love, and dedication that is necessary to grow a successful fashion brand. I hope that everyone involved learned some valuable lessons from my Designer Boot Camp, and I look forward to seeing everybody flourish in their abilities!
If there is one lesson I want you to remember from me, it’s “Never settle for a no, always look for a yes.”
Below are some photos of the event:
Merriam-Webster defines the term bootcamp as “a short but very difficult training program; a program or situation that helps people become much better at doing something in a short period of time.”
So, Emerging Designers, are you ready for Phoenix Fashion Week‘s Designer Boot Camp (#DesignerBootCamp) with Kym Gold, co-founder of True Religion? Tonight, I’ll be teaching you a new fashion business skill set to use for your fashion brand.
7:00PM PST, see you there! Check back for photos from this week’s Emerging Designer Boot Camp.
Hello! Today I would like to share with you an excerpt from my new book, GOLD STANDARD: How to Rock the World and Run an Empire. I’m so excited for its release in September 2015 with Skyhorse Publishing that I couldn’t wait to share a piece of it! Enjoy:
I had an idea that I would like to sell T-shirts on the boardwalk. Clothes weren’t being sold yet, so I thought I would find out who the landowner was, call him, and ask if I could rent some space.
Clothing designers sell their overages and damages, which are just slightly imperfect clothes. My idea was to buy damaged T-shirts and garment dye them my own colors and then sew material shapes on them to cover any holes.
I asked [my stepfather] George and Mom if I could borrow three hundred dollars and promised to pay them back. No doubt they assumed that day would be in the very distant future, if ever.
I went downtown to the mart where the showrooms were, having never been downtown before and certainly never alone. Up until that time, I rarely went anywhere by myself.
Terrified, I started knocking on doors. But, before they could shut the door on me, I would manage to blurt out, “Hi! Can I buy your overages or irregulars?”
Some people were nice, some shut the door on me, some were snobby, and some were downright mean. Back then people didn’t even think to sell overages and damages, so they didn’t understand my idea. Initially it was frowned upon, as their thinking was, if they’re selling to Neiman’s and Saks, they didn’t want the T-shirt found on the boardwalk for half the price. But it didn’t deter me; there was a thrill to the chase.
When I finally got someone to say “Yes” to me, I was totally intimidated by the next step, which was to rummage through their warehouse to find the T-shirts I deemed quality enough to buy. As nervous as I was, my pride kept pushing me forward. I believed in my idea.
I remember calling Mark [Burnett, my boyfriend at the time] from a payphone, saying, “I’m across the street from a dye house. I’m going to dye a bunch of T-shirts.”
He told me I was wasting my money. But I had a hunch. The T-shirts that had holes or tears, I would use a crisscross or bar tack stitching, or cut out stars, squares, and hearts from interesting fabrics to sew patches over the holes.
Mark was not the only one who said I shouldn’t sell the T-shirts—everyone thought it was a waste of my time, which just made me that much more driven. I love a challenge.
I bought the damaged T-shirts for five dollars each, put up some racks and umbrellas on the Venice boardwalk, and sold the repurposed T-shirts for twenty to thirty dollars each. By my first weekend I’d sold everything. To my stepdad’s surprise, I paid the three-hundred-dollar loan back the very next week.
Phoenix Fashion Week is from October 1st through October 3rd this year, and I’m excited to announce that I will be part of their Emerging Designer Bootcamp series for 2015! This year, Phoenix Fashion Week introduced 13 new Emerging Designers in a 10-city tour of the US. There has been so much support on Twitter from these emerging designers and I’m so excited to be a part of this amazing cause.
— Cute Like Mad (@CuteLikeMad) June 29, 2015
— Lily v designs (@scalf_lily) June 29, 2015
— Breanna (@_LousyRich) June 29, 2015
— AZMARA ASEFA (@azmaraasefa) June 26, 2015
Some upcoming events- I’ll be at the Shop Garment District Fashion Show on August 14th, where 13 Emerging Designers will debut a sneak peak of their collection. Stay tuned for details on my Designer Boot Camp!
Please continue to check on my website and PhoenixFashionWeek.com for more information on the Emerging Designers Bootcamp and other events leading up to Fashion Week. Don’t forget to tag #DesigneroftheYear #phxfashionweek #ModeloftheYear #DesignerBootcamp on Twitter and Instagram so I can check out all the amazing work that’s going on!
I had the wonderful opportunity of hosting EMPATHY ROCKS at my home this year, and the event was a fantastic success and a blast!
We had some of Hollywood’s most talented come by, including: Ambassador Nicole Avant, who was honored with the Peace Award; Pretty Little Liar’s Shay Mitchell, who was honored with the Global Citizen Award; the cast of Teen Wolf, who received the Cast of Heroes Award; and actress-singer Zendaya, who received the Empathy Rockstar Award.
EMPATHY ROCKS is an annual fundraiser from Children Mending Hearts, an organization that empowers children worldwide to find and use their voices through creative expression. Proceeds from EMPATHY ROCKS will go towards providing educational programs teaching the importance of empathy and global citizenry to at-risk kids.
The event may be over, but that doesn’t mean the good that Children Mending Hearts does is! You can also donate to the organization here. Below are photos from the event:
There’s the saying that fashion imitates life, but I don’t just live fashion—I create it, breathe it, and surround myself with it.
My adventures in the Los Angeles-area fashion industry have had their ups and downs, but overall my time working with clothing and accessories has been an extraordinary journey. I have had the satisfaction of seeing my small business venture become a billion-dollar luxury jeans wear company; but I have also dealt with the struggle of being the only woman in a male-dominated board room meeting, fighting to have her creative opinions heard.
After 30 years in the fashion industry, I am now mentoring and working with new and up-and-coming designers to achieve their own success in a field that can be extremely difficult to find your voice. But I also want to inspire people like you, who may have an aspiration in starting your own company, whether it be fashion or a coffee shop or a tech start-up.
So I introduce to you my blog, right here at kymgold.com, where you will find motivational advice, current events, DIY projects, information about my new book, Gold Standard, and maybe even a throwback photo or two. I look forward to hearing from you and sharing some creative and inspiring moments.