Kara Mendelsohn of KBL Eyewear’s Newest Vision
We all want a closetful of go-with-everything, silk Equipment shirts for each day of the week, but at around $200 a pop, that’s wishful thinking for many of us. Enter Kara Mendelsohn, who just launched a capsule collection of ultra-affordable, staple blouses named Cooper & Ella (a tribute to her two children). After working in sales and merchandising the past 17 years for successful brands like Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, and Thakoon, as well as starting up KBL Eyewear with her husband in 2009, Mendelsohn knows a thing or two about what the market is lacking. “Stores often ask me if I know of a brand that offers blouses at a niche, opening price point of $68-$88 that are chic, modern, and fun for their clients. So voilà, [I had] a business plan,” Mendelsohn told Style.com. “Our girl has sophisticated taste, buying high and low. She is looking for a great top to wear on date night, dinner with friends, at work, or just running around on the weekends.” With 30 styles featuring four different prints and thoughtful details like split sleeves, delicate lace paneling in back, and keyhole necklines, these pieces will seamlessly mix into most modern wardrobes. The blouses make their debut here on Style.com and we’re confident they will be in major retail shops soon.