Designer Jay Kos Moves Out of the Store and Into the Kitchen: Jay Kos!
Jay Kos might not be a name you recognize out here on the west coast. He’s primarily got an east coast habitat and a distinct NYC vibe. That’s not bad in my opinion because if he came out to LA a bit more, you might see some guys “step up their game” a bit more when it comes to fashion and haberdashery.
Jay Kos Antique Rose Gold Ring– a signature style for him.
Jay Kos is known as both retailer/fashion designer and also a chef– at least in my mind since we spent an inordinate time talking about food– but he’s truly more Renaissance man who embraces all those facets of his personality– not with disdain or hesitance but with true welcome — willing to be all things that he is and open to new experiences. This video below pretty much says it all — in a nutshell of his cooking, his perspective of life, of fashion and family– and how they all meld together.
Jay working with a client
What I love about Jay Kos is that color doesn’t frighten him– he welcomes it into the door and when I heard that he had some pink cords or yellow wool pants and other things that we were talking about — all I could think about was “hmmm.. wonder if he has a small enough size I could take in?”. Sick, huh! It’s because he spoke the language that the designer in me understood.. and why I love the vintage because you can’t get fabrics or presentations in those styles any longer.
While Jay Kos is a multi-faceted man, (and there is a part 2 or maybe in part 3 to this video series of this blog) and he’s got game when it comes to fashion. Taking risks is a good thing. He challenges you with the best fabrics, the most unusual colors, unique designs– from pants to jewelry. (Jay, you have to know that some woman is going to recognize the finesse of the garments and accessories and try to steal a few things for herself.)
According to Craine’s and NY Racked.com , Kos is moving downtown. Here’s the scoop:
Today, WWD brings us more details. Kos, known for his kitschy menswear line (he’s famous for dressing Diddy), will be setting up shop in Nolita at 293 Mott Street after shuttering his Park Avenue location in May.
The new digs will not only feature Kos’s traditional tailored menswear, but will also showcase a custom-designed kitchen. Kos tells WWD that he finds the whole retail concept boring and wanted to give customers who pop into his new shop a little something different, so he’ll be whipping up some classic dishes for patrons to enjoy while shopping.
Kos gets a little misty over eggs and peas–
For Kos, food and fashion go hand and hand. In a 2010 blog post, he wrote:
Food, through its amazing colors, texture and taste, inspire me to create beautiful clothing; whether it is a bright yellow egg dish that becomes a hop sack cashmere jacket of the same hue, or a green cashmere sweater born from a vibrant pea.
Kos’ Nolita location will take over 800 square feet left over from the downsizing of Emilio’s restaurant. The interior will have an Art Deco feel, with a customized python carpet as well
as alligator wall coverings. Due to size limitations, merchandise will consist of a much more edited and focused selection of Kos’ range. Gotta make room for that stovetop somehow!—Yale Breslin
Thank you to Jay Kos and Stacie Gillian for their patience and their participation. We sat out on the rooftop of a West Hollywood hotel and it got chilly fast!
Stay tuned– there’s more coming!! Jay and I had interesting conversations.
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