The CFDA Fashion Incubator 3.0 Class
As the granddaughter of Grace Kelly’s personal clothier, there’s a distinct sense of history evident in Katie Ermilio’s approach to women’s wear. Recognized for infusing inherently feminine pieces with sharp tailoring and soft drape, Katie’s designs embody the modern interpretation of timeless dress. From the iconic green jacket her grandfather designed for Augusta’s Masters Tournament, to the Eisenhower jacket he created for World War II, Katie’s legacy has inspired not only her love of fashion, but also the garments she creates.
A life-long education in tailoring acquired in her father’s bespoke menswear shop acquainted her with the principles of construction and fundamentals of design. Designing from the time she was 12, Katie began her career as a designer creating custom pieces for a private clientele before launching her eponymous line of women’s RTW in 2010.
Her youthful approach to ageless cocktail attire was celebrated in 2013, when Forbes named her as one of the magazine’s 30 Under 30 in Art & Design. Publications from The
New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, to ELLE Magazine and Vanity Fair have each highlighted her collections, and Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Michelle Williams are among the notable women who have worn Katie’s designs. Since inception, the brand has been proudly committed to maintaining domestic production in New York City’s Garment District.