Designers at KES NYC



Born in Naples, Isabel Benenato refined her creative skills with work experience in a number of ateliers and fashion studios in London. Her artistic education soon evolved in a heart-felt passion for fashion. Isabel's debut dates back to 2008, where she represented a capsule collection of original parallel ribbed knitwear pieces. Today, Isabel Benenato is driven by passion for her work and inspiration for an effortlessly luxurious fashion.



Since 1949, FALIERO SARTI, located in Campi Bisenzio between Florence and Prato, has specialized in producing fine quality fabrics for haute couture and prêt-a –porter. Each FALIERO SARTI product, from textiles for major fashion houses to their own scarf creations, is made of natural fibers such as wool, cashmere, angora, silk and linen. Products from FALIERO SARTI are exported world-wide including Europe, the Far East and North America.

Among the prestigious fashion houses, which still constitute more than ninety-percent of the FALIERO SARTI's production, are Armani and Donna Karan.



Set in the hear of the luxury world, SARTORE is known for its refined expertise and its inimitable style: with noble materials, natural leathers and colours, traditional manufacturing and with sober, elegant and authentic models, always contemporary. Faithful to its traditional manufacturing process, Sartore advocates comfort, solidity as well as excellent quality of leathers, finishings and handmade patinas. As art director, Catherine Sartore plays with precious materials such as crocodile, reptile, lizard and ostrich for boots and very chic shoes, using a unique technique invented by Paul Sartore with matte coating on the usually varnished reptiles: their ultimate sign of authenticity - a true exception in today's world entirely dominated by mechanization and industrialization.

A handmade fabrication with luxurious materials, Sartore embodies more than just a trend but a real spirit, an attitude and philosophy. All it needs is the detail of a buckle, the thickness of a sole, the curve of a heel, the mix of materials, the alliance of neutral colours and the flashy tones to turn a shoe into a real classic and and icon of its time. Taking what was there before, changing it and modernizing it in order to anticipate the future, this is also Sartore's expertise.


Raquel Allegra

Born in Berkeley CA to artisan parents, Raquel Allegra’s formative years encouraged a creative process of instinct, experiment and play. Raquel’s design career grew naturally with the origination of a shredding technique synonymous with the namesake label. Full length webbed cocoon shapes evolved out of laborious experiments with oversized vintage t’s recycled from the Los Angeles County Prison System, and informed a new informal beauty within the industry. 2009 marked a maturation for the brand as the collection expanded to include richly textured pieces in deerskin, linen, cashmere, and French lace. The RAQUEL ALLEGRA label continues to garner admiration from celebrities, editors, stylists and savvy consumers worldwide from New York to Tokyo. The RAQUEL ALLEGRA label is found internationally in select boutiques; inclusive of Barneys New York, Assembly, Liberty of London & Harvey Nichols.


Common Projects

Common Projects is a collaboration between designers Flavio Girolami and Prathan Poopat. Inspired by the lines and shapes of everyday objects, they design their pieces with tailored approach, using the finest materials and techniques.


Avant Toi

Avant Toi was founded in 1994 within the Liapull group to satisfy the needs of a demanding and ever-changing market. The creative endeavor of Mirko Ghignone now celebrates 20 years of passion and success.

Characterized by a strong relationship between the art world and aesthetic research, Mirko, eclectic artist and paramour of the force of color, established the brand through the application of his creative instinct to the medium of yarns and knits. A pioneer in cashmere evolution, he excels in technical experimentation and above all in the absolute innovation of coloring, revolutionizing the world of piece dying. Central to this process is the introduction of air-brush coloring that empowers each piece with authenticity and a unique, unrepeatable character. Through infinite combinations of shades and hues, each creation recounts its own particular story.

The values of the Avant Toi universe are expressed through the constant exploration of the unknown and the unexpected, perpetually distancing itself from the conventional rules of knitwear manufacturing in order to endow each piece with a sophisticated, one of a kind aspect and an avant- garde spirit. Breaking the rules in regards to stylistic and aesthetic standards is at the core of Avant Toi's philosophy. A bridge between the classic concept of refinement and the charm of what is old and worn, in complete opposition to the customary conventions of the cashmere world.

The collections are alive with contradictions. Avant Toi captures the true beauty of cashmere and fine Italian knitwear, by masterfully transforming each piece into a work of art. In this unique reality, men's and women's lines interweave into a new dimension, defined exclusively by the wearer.

Destroyed, blended and spray-painted are only a few of the continuously evolving treatments applied to each garnment.

Quality and stability is guaranteed by Liapull's 50 years of experience and the skillful artisans who have dedicated a lifetime to these yarns.


White warmer by ANNE VEST

A longing for what could exist, what should be, shielding us from the unknown. Ominous and evermore at large, our destiny looms in the distance. Its faint rumblings can be heard afar. We stand still, observe and slowly fade into the silence.

ANNE VEST works from the leitmotif, that each collection can be individually tailored to suggest highly individual silhouettes. Each garment is crafted from hand-picked fabrics, with a focus on lush leathers, shearling, sleek silks, soft wools and breezy jersey. Effortlessly effeminate, the seasonal collections, appear as timeless collages of our zeitgeist. The atelier works closely with local craftsmen, striving for innovative sartorial wardrobe solutions.

ANNE VEST collection is a collage of monochrome minimalistic garments, defiantly enveloping contemporary women. Women empowered with a sense of self and an eternal yearning for opulent encounters. ANNE VEST forges the sleekness of the North with a dash of understated sensuality, forever locked in conversation.


Ilaria Nistri

After a degree in law and years of experience in her father's company producing fabrics, achieving great overall fabric know-how, Ilaria Nistri presented her first collection in Paris in 2006. She immediately met with the favour of prestigious department stores and international boutiques such as Isetan in Tokyo, I.T in Hong Kong, Mercury in Moscow, and Hotoveli in New York.

In 2008 she inaugurated her showroom in Via Carlo Botta, in Milan. 2008 saw her selected by Vogue Italia as an emerging designer and she made it to the finals of the Who is on Next competition organised by this prominent magazine and promoted by Alta Roma. She presented her SS 09 collection with the opening show at the AltaModa week in Rome and an installation during the Milan Fashion Week created by Vogue Italia. The following year she was invited by the ICE (Italian National Institute for Foreign Trade) to take part in the Young Italian Designers in Japan Preview at Spiral Hall in Tokyo. In Italy, Franca Sozzani invited her to participate in the runway-event On Stage, which inaugurated Milano Unica. She was then selected by Vogue Italia for Cahiers des Talents 2010.

In the same year, she presented ROQUE, a contemporary daywearline encapsulating and rendering the moods and style from the ILARIA NISTRI collection, freshness and immediacy reworked in lightweight interchangeable articles, perfect layers for mixing and matching. Today Ilaria Nistri and Roque star in cutting-edge high street windows such as DAAD, Antonioli, I.T and L’Eclaireur.


Pilar Olaverri

Pilar Olaverri is a New York based fashion jewelry and sculptures artist. Pilar’s jewelry designs are often inspired by architects and artists’ works, among them Le Corbusier, Marcel breuer, Oscar Niemeyer, Constantin Brancusi, Carlo Mollino, Giorgio Morandi and Piet Mondrian to name a few. Her jewelry reflects a strong African influence.

She treats each design and piece as a small format sculpture. As a result her jewelry reflects elements of raw materials with sculptural vocabulary giving her a unique artistic signature.