In fashion, we tend to get caught up chasing trends and labels. So it is a pleasant surprise when a collection speaks for itself. For thirty-five years, Michael Boris honed his craft and has since developed a loyal customer following. He designs beautiful clothing for women looking to stock their wardrobes with high quality pieces that can transcend time. Last week, I had a chance to view his Fall 2013 collection at Neiman Marcus in St. Louis, MO and speak with the designer who is humble to the core.
Michael Boris produces his entire made-to-order collection in his workroom in Gramercy Park. From sportswear to eveningwear, his pieces are embroidered, beaded, and stitched by hand. He owes this credit to a loyal staff of ladies with “hands of gold from God,” as he likes to say. The focus here is on the level of quality and the labor involved. His devoted clientele understand this and continue to build their wardrobe with his handcrafted pieces. These clothes fit easily into their wardrobes, perfect for every aspect of their lifestyles from work to play.
In three years, you will see him pushing himself harder, but continuing to stay true to himself. More immediately, by spring 2014, he hopes to launch his secondary line, Gypsy from Po’Keepsie. This will appeal to a younger clientele and display his playful, hippie side. Look for a higher volume of pieces in cashmeres, knits, patterns, and crazy colors. “You’ll see the handlebar moustache, my round glasses, our signature yoke, and buttons made in metal. It will be fun!”