Karl vonBuck was a vibrant Portland fashion collaboration with Barbara Seipp, formerly of the boutique Isaac Hers. Together we were vitalized and inspired by the idea of breathing life into a creative endeavor that had no boundaries. We formed our collaboration in late 2014 with the objective to design and create quality pieces in limited amounts, boasting exclusivity. We were inspired by ourselves and designed for the qualities we see in each other as well as other women in our community - women who know with intense confidence who they are, seek adventured and excitement, work hard, creates her own path, and does it on her own terms. The attitude has a strong element of breaking free from what others may expect or assume you to do. It's open to interpretation. The hope is that other women can view vonBuck as an adjective to inspire.
The line was denim and woven based at its heart with an undercurrent of preppy/punk and tempered with a strong Pacific Northwest sensibility. The second installment followed up with layering pieces that included chiffon blouses and dresses.
We handled every step of product development, branding, and online purchasing presence. Every pattern was custom drafted and graded to our own chart of measurements. Every garment was hand sewn by us. Every vonBuck piece was made with determination and love out of Portland, OR. Through multiple launch parties and art installments, we saw large success through our partner Shop Adorn, owned by Nicole Whitesell.