Katharine Polk, Founder, KRP Creative & HOUGHTON NYC

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A little bit about Katharine…

Katharine Polk is the Founder and Creative Director at KRP Creative, a disruptive, sustainable non-traditional bridal brand focused on collaborations and direct sales. With a track record of setting trends and creating iconic images Katharine led BHLDN’s SS19 Campaign as Creative Director.

Polk disrupted the bridal industry and blurred the line between Bridal and RTW when she Founded Houghton and led the brand as Creative Director from 2011-2018. Polk grew Houghton to an international brand selling in over 10 countries and 65 doors while staying committed to being made in the USA. Polk designed 22 collections whilst navigating sponsor partnerships and brands such as Birkenstock, MAC, OPI, Converse and Dr Martens. Katharine designed exclusive collections for FWRD, Free People and Net-A-Porter who launched their “non-traditional bridal” category with Houghton. Katharine was the first Bridal Designer to offer a "Buy-Now-Wear-Now" event at her SS17 show.

In 2016 she won the St Louis Fashion Fund Caleres Women's Wear Award, MADE sponsored designer 2012-2016 & 2 time FGI Women's RTW Designer nominee.

Prior to launching Houghton, Polk was a Fashion Editor and celebrity stylist. In 2007 Katharine started her career as the Assistant Designer at Badgley Mischka Couture and creatively managed over 20 licensees for the brand.

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Katharine @ Stay Boutique Live

Katharine will be speaking on the main stage on February 13 at 3:20 PM during the Female Empowerment Edition.

Houghton founder Katharine Polk has more or less reinvented the meaning of the bridal collection through the lens of the modern woman. Houghton, named after style icon Katharine Houghton Hepburn, introduced an edgier line of bridal attire - ranging from the deconstructed gown to the tailored pantsuit, all while providing the consumer a thoroughly boutique experience. In 2018, Katherine announced the close of Houghton in pursuit of a new, equally inspired bridal venture, KRP Creative to be launched this year. We sit down and talk with Katharine about the process of creating a monumentally successful boutique fashion line, closing the chapter, and beginning a new one with her line KRP Creative.

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