Effortlessly fusing fashion and travel, St. Louis natives Anne Kennedy Dotson and Sarah Kennedy have created Buckley K, a new clothing line that offers “goanywhere- and-everywhere” pieces for the adventure-seeking woman. The sisters left promising careers in public relations and occupational therapy to pursue their fashion dreams, launching a 10-piece collection of wearable basics that are ready to hit the road.
The Buckley K brand focuses on luxe pieces and wardrobe staples with an edge, featuring wispy wears that invoke a feeling of freedom and adventure. Both passionate travelers, the sisters received the final nudge they needed to start the project after dreaming up a few pieces they wished they had in their own wardrobes. “We imagined the American woman abroad and what she might want and need to have in her suitcase,” Kennedy Dotson says.
Each collection will be inspired by a destination, with the first collection based on Capri, Italy. The cuts are simple, yet flattering, boasting travel-friendly fabrics, including jersey and silk. Clients can snag updates to wardrobe basics like the pencil skirt and the maxi dress, featuring subtle details and quality fabric that won’t lose its shape. Each piece is designed to take the wearer effortlessly from day to night—and from work to play.
The Ladue natives have since taken up residence in Chicago, where they have developed their brand with an homage to their Midwestern roots. “We absolutely wanted to set up shop here,” says Kennedy Dotson of their choice to manufacture their brand in the Midwest. “All of the infrastructure and resources are here, so we are optimistic about being a part of the growing apparel industry.”
The duo looks forward to the future and already has plans for the next collection. “We dream up each season as if we’re packing for a trip," Kennedy Dotson says. “Each collection is inspired by a destination and the needs of the modern wanderer.” Buckleyk.com