Kelly Killoren Bensimon Discusses Her Latest American Outerwear Collection in Paris

Socialite, model, real estate maven and alumna The Real Housewives of New York Star Kelly Killoren Bensimon certainly has an enviable eye for style, so it’s no wonder her own designs were an instant hit. Now, her fourth outerwear collection for EnVille by Pologeorgis is about to hit the shelves, full of timeless classics and pieces that exude laid-back cool.

In front of her shopping experience at Blue & Cream this week, she gives us the scoop on her American style inspiration in Paris for EnVille 4.0.

What inspired the name EnVille for your line?
Enville is said to be Ernest Hemingway’s scribbled greeting to his noisy, boisterous cohorts. They have used In the city, which in French means “in town”, in the lower left corner of the envelopes so that their friends know that they were in Paris.

How has your own personal style influenced your designs?
How I dress is my kind of story. It’s a way for me to tell my story – who I am and what I need in my life to feel comfortable and local anywhere. EnVille is an elevated casual line that resonates with many of my clients who have laid back lifestyles. During their downtime, they still want to feel good and look good.

I’m always grateful to be able to connect with my clients and create what they love. They asked for shearling, I made coats that speak in terms of trends, but which remain chic and simple.

What is the story behind your fourth EnVille collection?
The spirit behind this collection reflects my many travels – the places I’ve been, the environments I’ve explored, the bags I’ve carried, the colors I love and the people I’ve adored.

When I was in my twenties, I was an American in Paris, living on rue Jacob, where Hemingway lived (if only I had been there a few decades before, we would have been neighbours!) a stone’s throw from The Two Magots. I was obsessed with Repetto ballerinas (I still am), Azzedine Alaia dresses, and large mumblet ski coats. I have always loved the juxtaposition of masculine and feminine.

One aspect that I like in the history of the American in Paris is by Gertrude Stein lost generation. I connected with these writers and artists. I celebrated my 21st birthday at Lipp Brewery – just as Hemingway and Fitzgerald did decades before in A moving party.

I forged ties with these artists, writers and intellectuals. I was an American in Paris, the only thing that separated me from them was time. This collection is timeless just like the narration of their works. In generations to come, these coats will continue to be cherished and worn in new and evocative ways.

Discover the new collection at NYC’s Blue & Cream Madison Avenue this Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. or online at Pologeorgis.

[Photos courtesy EnVille]

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