Jenni Kayne: Polished and Refined American Sportswear

By Angelica Martin

Ah, the euphoria that comes along with finding that perfectly tailored pair of cropped trousers; the cornerstone of a wardrobe, bringing with their presence the effortless chic that makes everyday living just a little bit simpler, and a little more luxurious.

It is precisely of this crowning nature that Jenni Kanye designs each item in her eponymous line, favoring fit over embellishments and wearability over trends. She launched in 2003 at the tender age of 19 and wasted no time establishing her signature look: “Super-chic, easy to wear clothes,” Kayne says of her designs on her website. “That’s what I do. Nothing tricky, nothing precious, just good clothes that work for you.”

Praised by fashion editors and celebrities alike for mastering the art of refined, low-maintenance clothing, Kayne’s covetable line has a place in every woman’s closet. Easy elegance is the driving force behind each piece, and this impulse results in collections consistently filled with wardrobe staples.

Her boutique is where you’re nearly guaranteed to find the perfect leather miniskirt, the perfect dinner dress, or the perfect silk blouse. To the untrained eye, many of her garments may appear plain, or overly simplistic and thus unworthy of the fanfare. But it’s when you move closer that you truly come to appreciate the desirous craftsmanship, the flawless cut, the nothing if not reliable construction. It’s only when you add a piece to your own wardrobe can you truly begin to understand the understated appeal of her collections, of the kind of clothes that feel good when you wear them, the kind that call out each day to be lived in.