PHOTO BY GENEVIEVE PIERSON  

PHOTO BY GENEVIEVE PIERSON  

One grandmother obsessively rearranged furniture, the other modeled at Neiman Marcus. Interiors and fashion were a part of my life from an early age. Add to that a family of contractors and a serious thrifting habit by high school and the die was cast.

My education, career and pursuits have always focused on design, interiors and fashion. Requisite bio: University of Virginia Architecture School, project manager at top San Francisco interiors firm, graduate school at Parsons. In 2004, I established my own firm in Seattle and launched the innovative lighting accessory line kaarskoker four years later. Featured in House Beautiful, Real Simple, British Homes & Gardens and Traditional Home and retailed at Nordstrom, Amazon and The Home Depot, I sold the company in 2013. My next act was right under my nose - and on my back!

My mother-in-law gave me a vintage halter dress she had made in the 1970s.  I lived in this dress. It was the perfect dress for my life- one that is dressed up and dressed down. A rotating combination of a flat sandal, stacked heel, various shades of lip color, a headband allowed me to MacGyver an abundance of looks with just one dress. It offered me total creativity in my looks, while making the day-to-day effortlessly chic (did I mention I have two sons?). It became a dress I couldn’t live without. It was THE DRESS. After years of compliments, I decided to share THE DRESS with the world (with pink bubbles, crossed fingers and lucky no. 17). 

Much like a room I would design, THE DRESS is just as much for nightfall as for daylight. A cocktail party becomes the after party by dimming the lights and changing the playlist. This piece works the same way but with lipstick, THE BELT and AP+RR.  With an emphasis on exclusively-sourced fabrics, APRIL PRIDE is for women who know the difference.  xXx April