ABOUT  Katharine

Consulting

Since returning to her home town of Los Angeles in 2018 after 12 years in NYC, Katharine founded KRP Creative, a consulting company focused on helping bridal brands of all sizes tap into the newly crowded "modern bridal" market. KRP Creative advises brands on Business Strategy, Market Disruption and Creative Direction.

Custom Bridal

Katharine is excited to announce she is accepting bridal appointments.Now based in Los Angeles and working with the highest quality pattern makers and sample makers, Katharine is ready to create again and at the highest level. Custom gowns are a one of a kind experience including original sketches, one on one fittings with Katharine, and a compete garment delivered with all details completely taken care of from stat to finish. We can work with nay timeline and clients who are not local. Please inquire by emailing creative.krp@gmail.com

Made-To-Order Bridal

Katharine is excited to announce she is accepting bridal appointments. Now based in Los Angeles and working with the highest quality pattern makers and sample makers, As an alternative to the Fully custom experience, Made-To-Order offers a more cost efficient option. The difference between the two options is while still being a custom, with MTO you will be given a limited number of sketches and fabric to choose from, then once your size is determined we will create a standard size gown for you and you will be responsible for alterations. We can work with nay timeline and clients who are not local. Please inquire by emailing creative.krp@gmail.com

KRP Denim

KRP Denim is a sustainable denim brand for the bride and beyond. Katharine is the Creative Director and sources all vintage jackets before working with top artists around the world to create the KRP Denim collection. The collection has been sold Direct-to-Consumer eliminating the mark-up of wholesale cost to our loyal customers. For sales inquiries, collaborations or custom orders please email creative.krp@gmail.com

For commissions, collaborations and inquiries please contact creative.krp@gmail.com

Bio

Los Angeles native Katharine Polk is the Founder and Creative Director at KRP Creative, a disruptive, sustainable non-traditional bridal brand focused on collaborations and direct sales. With a track record of setting trends and creating iconic images Katharine led BHLDN’s SS19 Campaign as Creative Director. Katharine conceptualized and executed an impactful and boundary pushing campaign for the bridal brand.

Polk disrupted the bridal industry and blurred the line between Bridal and RTW when she Founded Houghton and led the brand as Creative Director from 2011-2018. Katharine grew Houghton to an international brand selling in over 10 countries while staying committed to being made in the USA. Polk designed 22 collections whilst navigating sponsor partnerships and collaborations with brands such as Birkenstock, MAC, OPI, Converse and Dr Martens. Katharine designed exclusive collaborations for FWRD, Free People and Net-A-Porter who all launched their “non traditional bridal” category with Houghton. Katharine’s multi pronged approached to the brand grew an organic social following through strategic marketing and branding.  Katharine was the first Bridal Designer to offer a "Buy-Now-Wear-Now" event at her SS17 show and her FW17 Film Premiere was named "The best thing to happen to Bridal Week" by Nylon.com.

In 2016 she won the St Louis Fashion Fund Caleres Women's Wear Award, MADE sponsored designer 2012-2016, 2 time FGI Women's RTW Designer nominee and has covered 2 issues of WWD.

Prior to launching Houghton, Polk was a Fashion Editor and celebrity stylist. In 2007 Katharine started her career as the Assistant Designer at Badgley Mischka Couture and creatively managed over 20 licensees for the brand.

Katharine graduated from FIDM with a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design.