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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 four years later launched the innovative lighting accessory line, kaarskoker. Featured in House Beautiful, Real Simple, British Homes & Gardens and Traditional Home and retailed with 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 wardrobe piece for my life, which is at once dressed up and dressed down. A rotating combination of a flat sandal, stacked heel, various shades of lip color and a hair elastic 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 - or a few friends. THE DRESS begot THE BELT, THE SKIRT and tartan for days.  

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


April's love of design, decorative objects and art has informed
each of the interiors, brands and experiences she has created.