Darling Yumi Kim

A classic Yumi Kim silhouette with a bold stripe instead of one of her favorite vintage-inspired florals

As my friends all know, I am somewhat obsessed with the Yumi Kim line!  Designed by Kim Phan, Yumi Kim is the kind of line that I could build my entire wardrobe from.  From the luscious soft fabric and bold prints to the sophisticated yet simple silhouettes, Yumi Kim provides flirty, flattering pieces that I love to wear.

Yumi Kim designer Kim Phan comes to New York by way of San Diego, with influences of her Vietnamese heritage sprinkled in along the way for good measure.  All three of these locales appear to have an influence on her design aesthetic, as nearly everything in the line would be as at home on the streets of NYC as it would be on the beach in California or Miami.  The vintage-inspired floral prints have a vaguely eastern feel, and silk is the perfect material to wear on a steamy summer day in the historic river city of Hoi An, Vietnam (as I learned on my honeymoon this summer!).  Wear the silk tops tucked into high-waisted skirts or over short shorts with sandals in the summer, or with jeans or skinny black pants (my personal fave) and tall boots in the winter.  This is a brand you’ll probably see me posting about a lot, due to my obvious obsession.

The dresses, skirts, and rompers are just as versatile.  I wore the sea green Leah romper with opaque black tights, gray chunky heels and topped it with the Chloe jacket in black and bold vintage gold costume jewelry for a good friend’s wedding in the DUMBO, Brooklyn this fall.

To make things even better, Yumi Kim is running a “25 Days of Yumi Kim” special from December 1st – 25th, where a selected piece is available for only $50!  I have to admit, I bought one of last week’s specials, the Tessa dress in a “Grey Garden” print, down from $198.  Do you think the print is inspired by the amazing Maysles Brothers’ documentary Grey Gardens? I hope so.  I am going to picture myself as Little Edie when I wear it.  Maybe I will even wear a turban.  PA Melissa sent me this link today about turban tying. It is meant to be.

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Check out the Lower East Side flagship store on Stanton and Ludlow in the LES, or at the online shop.  If you go into the store, say hi to Isi (super fun shop boy).

p.s. “Yumi” is Kim’s adorable little doggy, hence the name “Yumi Kim.”  Perfect.