With fashion week and fashion on display all around the world for the month of September, no greater designer I know comes to mind other than Kenny “KAS” Flanagan. From coast to coast he has rocked the runways and offices of many corporate executives with his masterstrokes. A man of many hats gave me the pleasure of answering a few questions about the man and the businessman known as “KAS.” ......."Designing what you Dream of"
KAS Collection Inc. is a high-end couture fashion company which specializes in sophisticated evening wear, stylish men and women business suits, and high fashion urban apparel.
The company currently owns the licenses, trademarks and trade names of “KAS Collection”, “KAS Collection Inc.”, “Kenneth E. Flanagan Collections”, “Drastic’ Collection”, “W.E.T. (With Exceptional Taste)”, “KAS Couture” and “House of Glynda”.
Based in Washington DC/New York, KAS Collection Inc. has established themselves in the fashion industry as a unique and visionary company who is ahead of their time. In one word, KAS Collection is passion. It is about the intense emotion, grand enthusiasm, and creative spirit of one company and their love of fashion.
KAS Collection Inc. works in accordance with (l) Lead designs and (4) assistant designers and all concepts of Kenneth “KAS” Flanagan, KAS Collection Inc. fashion designer; (2) individual clients who desire unique, tailor made, high-end fashion clothing and accessories; and (3) clothing boutiques/department stores that sell unique, high-end fashion clothing and accessories (kascollectioninc.com)
Kenneth “KAS” Flanagan is a self-taught designer with a vision that is limitless. He has worked with exclusive boutiques and major department stores in the capacity of sales, styling, and modeling.
In 2007, his creative designs ripped the stage of New York Fashion Week where he stood among four of the world’s top couture designers. He was the only USA designer to be showcased, and held the distinction of being the only African American couture designer.
In 2006, he signed an agreement with SAK’s Fifth Avenue making him the first African American male couture designer to have his clothes showcased and sold in their stores. He also in 2006 showcased his designs on stage for New York Fashion Week. (kascollectioninc.com)
Who is KAS? I am loving father, a god fearing man, a hard worker, a dreamer, a determine man and businessman, a perfectionist, and a workaholic...lol
Who would you consider a KAS Collection audience? Sexy, confident, fashion forward and risk taker
As a very well know fashion designer in the industry, does that come with pressure of keeping up with ever changing trends? No pressure. I was taughtto make timeless pieces. But never forget style and the future of style.
How would you describe your creative mindset when designing a masterpiece? CRAZY and INTENSE!
What inspires you to create one of a kind designs? People, places and my dreams
Do you prefer boutique fashions over mass production and distribution? Why or why not? I use to like both, but now I love boutiques. Its more exclusive and its appreciated more by the real fashion seekers.
As a business man, when it comes to branding- what do you consider? It depends on what we're branding. If we are branding the company or a product. If its new product, then we have to discuss tactics, vision and the response we are looking for.
Describe the relationships you have with your teams - whether its pulling together a show or getting your fashions displayed. I have a good relationship with my team. They know that I am a perfectionist and I demand the best. So it can be very intense. You have to demand the best of your team. No excuses...only results.
You are a loving father and it is no secret that you cherish your children-how have you incorporated them into your business or brand? My kids are my everything. They inspire me so much. They have been working on their line and I am excited to see what they come up with. So I hope that the fashion world will be excited about Drastic and we are.
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Over the years, Mr. Flanagan has developed an exclusive clientele ranging from political figures to entertainment and sports superstars. He has received numerous awards for his talents including the 2004 International Designer of the Year Award (third place winner out of 250 designer around the world), the 2004 Urban Independent Music Awards “Designer of the Year”, 2005 Americas Prince of Fashion Award, 2005 Designer of the Year Award by Talent and Motions Magazines (the award was voted by over 750,000 subscribers), 2006 Nominee for Next Big Breakthrough designer in Fashion, 2008 Career Achievement Award by Velocity Magazine and 2008 was inducted in the Top Black 50 Designers in the World.
Mr. Flanagan also had the privilege to live and work with the late great designer Yves Saint Laurent, in London for over a year. This gave him a resume to be reckoned with in the Fashion world. From there he went to Tokyo Japan, Indonesia, and Soul Korea to learn more about the manufacturers and textiles. Mainly to broaden his arisen in the fashion world.
In the summer of 2010, Mr. Flanagan opened his first flagship store House of KAS at the upscale National Harbor, in Oxon Hill, Md. His designs have been featured in Ebony Magazine, Jet Magazine, Blink Magazine, Apollo Male, Kraze Magazine, Vogue, Uptown… just to name a few. (kascollectioninc.com)
KAS Collection LLC
2012 received an Proclamation from the Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of the State
2011 Minority Business Enterprise of the Year
2009/2010 Fairfax County Public Schools(FCPS) Honorary Partnership Award
2008 Career Achievement Award in Fashion by Velocity Magazine
2007 New York Fashionweek (Couture)
2007 CFDA Nominee for Breakthrough Designer
2006 Under-Studied under Yves Saint Laurent
2006 First African American (Male) Couture Designer in Saks Fifth Avenue
2005 America's Prince of Fashion Award from UIMA
2005 TIMMY (Talent in Motion Magazine) Award Designer of the Year (NY, LONDON AND PARIS)
2004 Urban Independent Music Awards Designer of the Year
2004 International Designer of Year 3rd Place Winner
2003 Up and Coming Designer of the Year
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