Adrianna Kinal is not as flamboyant or flashy as some of the other emerging designers we have met, she’s really quite simple. Her slow and steady approach to her independent line of lingerie basics and knits, is gaining her recognition in her native Canada and here in the states.
The 23 year old started her design career as a four year old trying to “revamp” her mother’s fur coat. Mom, not all too thrilled, has still supported her daughter’s creative ventures through the years. Her parents, immigrants from Poland, settled in Canada. This gave Adrianna a strict but fair background. She says she once rebelled, but as she looks back, wouldn’t change a thing. After high school, Adrianna moved to Los Angeles on a visa to attend The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. During her last year, she began interning for Las Vegas Jean Co. designing denim jeans, skirts, jackets and knit tops. Afterwards, she worked for US BOYS (a junior line) and did contracted pattern design for a sportswear line.
PD: You cut your mom’s fur coat?
A: I did, when I was four years old I decided to trim it.
When her visa expired, she moved back to Canada and began working in a clothing store. Unhappy with her new career, Adrianna quit and took time off to find herself. This is when she decided to create her own line With Love From Paris. It consisted of a line of cotton camis, tanks, bras, panties and thongs. It now includes tops and bottoms for casual wear. The line has been featured in Sportswear International, and was received well online and in fashion forums. She has been picked up by online boutiques, and has now gained a loyal following.
PD: What made you go into design?
A: I had always been into art and after the fur cutting thing, it kind of grew from there. I’ve always been interested in different artforms. In high school when it came to deciding what I was going to do after, I decided I wanted to do something with art. I picked fashion because I loved clothes and thought that it would be really neat to channel my design abilities through fashion
The pieces are shipped to Canada from America’s favorite cotton shop, American Apparel. Adrianna then does her magic, creating beautiful screens, embellishments and for spring embroidery. Her inspiration comes from collections of pictures, thoughts and her own love poems. She then chooses colors and styles. She says her biggest critics are her friends and colleagues that give good, honest reactions. She takes that and reconstructs her ideas until perfect. Adrianna says the best critique comes from those who are not as interested in fashion because they give real, straightforward opinions. She says her friends don’t ever discourage her, and she appreciates that they don’t sugarcoat, making her designs stronger.
So far Adrianna’s line hasn’t had any real obstacles and has built a commercial following through press releases and word of mouth. She says she is most inspired by other emerging designers who may not necessarily be about commercial gain, but have a true love of art and fashion. She is also most inspired by her best friend who has his own collection – Johnny O. He showed her the ins and outs of designing, and both have a strong mutual respect for one another. Top designers she loves? Gucci, (specifically the Tom Ford years), Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel and Carolina Herrera are a few.
PD: So you moved to the US to do your designing work – why did you move back to Canada? I mean Alberta isn’t exactly the fashion capital of the world.
A:Actually, after I finished high school, I moved to LA, finished school and stayed there for two years on a work visa. After that expired, I had to return to Canada so I couldn’t stay in the states legally anymore. I came back and took on regular jobs and in the meantime i decided to start my own line
Adrianna the woman loves movies, being with family and friends, laughing and enjoying life to its fullest. She says she enjoys long drives (and in a land of endless road she has plenty) listening to her favorite music. When asked what was in her CD player, she said a cd she created consisting of Rolling Stones, INXS, Pink Floyd and Johnny Cash. (A girl after my own heart).
The final question:
PD: If tomorrow you found you couldn’t design what would you do?
AK: An airplane pilot. I will be receiving my pilot’s license this summer. I received my motorcycle license this past summer. In a town like mine you have to have a sense of adventure.
To view more of Adrianna’s work, please visit her website at Withlovefromparis.com