The Creatives: An Interview with Tess Kleinsmith

Tess Kleinsmith hails from Santa Cruz, CA but has made a happy home in Bucks County PA, helping to manage Shop Sixty Five - the go to shop for stylish gals in the know.  She has spent most of her working years in fashion, beginning with Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, and Zoe, before landing at Shop 65. When she is not helpign clients find the perfect pair of jeans of the just right silk shift, she spends her days with her boyfriend (an equally cool hydroponic horticultist) and her one eyed Persian white cat named LOO (that she loves more than life itself) I caught up with her in the shop a couple of month ago. 

Trend predictions for fall/winter season?

Pops of color, everyone is so used to black and gray in the fall, but now we are seeing magenta and orange and greens, colors that are usually saved for spring and summer.

When was the last time you had a fashion epiphany?

I have on on a daily basis! Everyday I see someone wearing something and I think I have those same two pieces, I can do that!

What is your favorite high brand? Low brand?

Oh, it's hard to choose. High brand's I'd have to say, Lanvin, Givenchy, MiuMiu shoes and Celine bags. They look so luxurious and the materials are the highest quality and often rare - python skin and lamb skin. I love their use of subtle fabrics, Italian wool and knits and because they are made in France and Italy

When I buy favorite low brands, I buy I try to buy smaller underground labels that always makes it more interesting.  When I mix high and low I'll put a $20 Target top with $200 jeans and  Lanvin ( a very big recent birthday present splurge).

What is your go-to uniform?

That's easy. I wear white v-neck tees from Victoria's Secret, with jeans or jeans shorts and high top chuck Taylor Converse.

Who are your style icons?

My grandmother, Miriam is my style icon because she was classic, she was amazing.  She had incredible style and she didn't even know it. When I think of her, I remember her wearing a coffee colored jumpsuit with navy Keds, a flipped up collar and a Chanel bag.

Your favorite Ilsa Loves Rick piece?

My Couplet ring.  I never it off.