Shop Talk: Katie Ermilio

Photography: Emily Johnston Anderson

Designer Katie Ermilio has been on many a sartorial radar for the past few seasons — ours included! Photographs of her striking collections feature models swathed in effortlessly sleek lines and shapes. Her elegant designs are nonchalantly glamorous, exuding an alluring simplicity and timelessness all their own. Inspired beyond belief by each piece’s exquisite detailing, lasting impact, and utter sense of sheer femininity, we were honored to catch a glimpse into Ms. Ermilio’s brilliant work.

“As you can tell, Iʼm a huge bracelet fan. Included in this picture are: Friendship bracelets by my friends Sarah and Stacy of Frieda and Nellie, Shindo Elastics, bungee cord bracelet (whipped up on the fly by Erica Domesek), Eddie Borgo, and a Michael Kors watch. Rings are Maison Martin Margiela, Sara and Chloe, and thin gold bands found on Etsy.”

How did you get started in the fashion industry?
I began my career at Teen Vogue where I started as a Public Relations Assistant. Prior to Teen Vogue, I interned anywhere and everywhere I could. I went to NYU, so I had the opportunity to not only study in New York, but also to supplement my coursework with fashion internships.

Your designs are beautiful and glamorous. Is that a reflection of your style? How would you describe your personal style?
That’s so sweet! I don’t really think of myself that way. Of course I love to get dressed up, but at heart, there’s a total tomboy vibe to the way I dress. There are lots of jeans and blazers in my wardrobe, but I think the relaxed and un-fussy nature of my personal style is absolutely evident in the collections. The clothes have been described as minimal and feminine all at the same time, so I suppose that’s very much true to who I am, both as a designer and in the way I dress.

“This is one of my favorite pieces from the Fall collection. I find myself borrowing this sample to wear constantly…”

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  • I didn`t know Katie before, but her work is beautiful and she is a stunning woman! I`d love to get to know her better. 

  • I’ve followed Katie’s work for a bit… her details show how unafraid she is, but there’s something about everything that’s just a bit reserved and classic. Love. it. all. 

  • Ah! Great feature. I look forward to these shop-talks…so inspiring and great to hear from people with real experience! So fun…I just might read it again :)

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  • I love the look of her collection. Does she have any online stockists (apart from Shopbop, which seems to have only one style at the moment)?

  • I was so excited for this feature! I have been in LOVE with Katie’s work since the day I saw it! Thanks for sharing!!

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