Farm Girl Turned Fashionista 

Kate grew up on a farm in rural Oregon. She didn't have television or internet, and there were 14 students in her class where she rode her horse to school. She wore boots, wranglers, and t-shirts (her brothers’ hand-me-downs), and “Fashion” was not in her vocabulary. 

Her grandmother started teaching how to sew when she was four years old, and before long, she had started a business selling doll clothes. At 12, she was commissioned to design and sew a wedding gown. The delighted bride prompted her move from doll clothing to bridal and evening wear.

Two years later, Kate was selected as Oregon’s 2014 Portland Fashion Week Emerging Designer. From there doors opened to international exposure via shows such as Los Angeles Fashion Week and Vancouver, B.C. Fashion Week, as well as press with Vogue UK and Elle HK.

"Every day when my head pops off the pillow I know a new adventure is about to unfold. I enjoy meeting people who share the passion to create, and collaborating with other artists. At the end of the day, the most satisfying part of what I do comes from creating a garment that a woman can step into and feel beautiful and confident in."

Kate has recently moved to New York City to take classes and internships while she prepares for fashion school. She will begin at the Fashion Institute of Technology for Fashion Design in the fall of 2017.

Questions or comments? Kate would love to hear from you!

  • Phone: 541-517-2317

  • Email: katemilescouture@yahoo.com

  • Studio Location:  Scio, OR 97374

Seven Things you Probably Don't Know About Me:

1. I am obsessed with cool socks. My favorites sport lamas with neckties. Stay classy. 

2. I have a feisty little cactus named Magellan. He likes long walks on the beach and road trips. 

3. I wore my brothers' hand-me-downs until I was 12 years old. Wrangler, yo!

4. Pancakes make my knees go weak. Also Tillamook Udderly Chocolate ice-cream.

5. I rode my horse to school through the sixth grade. Her name is Belle. 

6. I have a pretty big crush on Carey Grant!

7. I always dance when I brush my teeth. Singing in the shower is so last year.