{Giveaway} Fab Floral Jacket!


FOF Jana Kos, design director for the Randy Kemper label, is giving away this fab floral blazer (retail value: $286), made from 96% cotton and 4% spandex, pictured above. Enter to win by answering in the comments, below: What would you wear this with?

Tell us about your background.
I studied clothing and textiles at Ohio State University. I wanted bigger and better of everything so I moved to NYC and went to FIT (The Fashion Institute of Technology). I’ve been designing for over 25 years for a variety of women’s sportswear companies. I’ve had my own companies as well. I joined Randy Kemper in October.

What happened to the companies that you owned?
I started one company that was around for 14 years called Juliana–we did direct sales. I sold it when the economy took its toll. I’m a lot closer to the consumer than most people in this industry because they deal strictly with the buyers. I have been dealing with the customer herself for the last 18 years.

How did you find Randy Kemper?
I’ve known the owners for many years, we actually manufactured together in the same factory. It gets to be a small industry if you’re in it for a few years and you do cross paths with a lot of different people.

How long has the company been around?
Since 1997.

Tell me a little about your role there.
I spend a lot of time with my vendors– the fabric people and the trim people, that’s really where I start the collection each season. In this company we manufacture most of our clothing overseas so I send e-mails and information to our China satellite office. I spent today updating our line charts for the sales reps. We just launched the fall collection and had a market to get feedback from our customers. I do just about everything. I’ve been in many different roles in this industry and I love the entire process.

What are you working on now?
The fall collection is complete so now I’m working on Spring of 2014. The fabric shows were just in Paris and in New York. One of my favorite mill owners is coming in from France next week so I’ll get to meet with him. He’ll show me his collections of fabrics and textiles. I also end up developing a lot of my own fabrics as well.

Where is Randy Kemper sold?
In speciality stores. We don’t really focus on mass market kind of distribution.

Will you sell online?
We don’t have any particular plans for web sales right now but probably in the future.

What do you think makes the Randy Kemper collection good for women over 50?
It has an ageless type of appeal. It’s younger in attitude but our fit is made for a more mature body. We use a fit model that is over 50. The fit model is what you use as your standard. So our clothing fits differently than many other vendors in the market and that’s really our appeal. I do younger detailing but make it in proportion. For instance, skirts are getting bigger again–but instead of making it 17 inches I’ll make it 20, so it still gives us a shorter look but doesn’t rely on a little 20-year-old body.

Tell us about some of the trends coming up for 2014.
Ponte which is a double-knit fabric and very comfortable. Color has made a resurgence. But our bestselling color is still black. We’ve got a few black garments but we do have wonderful colors and textures, too.

What are your best sellers?
We do very well with our sweaters and soft knit garments. We also do very well with our jackets.

You said you wear many different hats but what’s your favorite part of working at Randy Kemper?
Working with the vendors and the salespeople. I’m a people person so I really just like interacting with different individuals and getting to know the customer as much as possible. And doing new things every day. It’s always a new season so it’s always an opportunity to discover new things.

Enter to win a fab floral blazer (retail value: $286), by answering in the comments below: What would you wear this with?

One FOF will win. (See all our past winners, here.) (See official rules, here.) Contest closes June 6th, 2013 at midnight E.S.T. Contest limited to residents of the continental U.S.

0 Responses to “{Giveaway} Fab Floral Jacket!”

  1. Val says:

    Wow I love that jacket. I’d wear my black crepe pants with it when I go to the concert.

  2. Rosetta Major says:

    Fabulous and bright jacket which I will wear with skirts, pants or plain dresses and most definitely high heels that will round the outfit off completely and I know that it will give a very classy look

  3. sania srivastav says:

    this would go with black outfit, inners and skirt with red heels

  4. Jo-Anne says:

    Because of the type of work I do which is not conducive to wearing dresses and I LOVE color, I would wear this with different colored pants and change the shirt to coordinate with whatever color of pants I put on that day.

  5. Joy says:

    I would pair this fabulous blazer with skinny jeans and ballet flats!

  6. Linda Manuel says:

    jeans or black pants or even my black dress

  7. Sandra says:

    I love this jacket…the versatility of this is year round. I would wear it with jeans and royal blue cami, or over a black sheath dress, and the classic black pants!

  8. Howard says:

    That’s some statement jacket … would look great with almost any dress, top/bottom.
    Easy to wear year round.

  9. Amber says:

    This would look so cute with skinny jeans, wedge shoes, and a yellow or white tee. Thanks so much!

  10. theresa Sutherland says:

    Jeans, skinny jeans in a bright yellow. Although I am not skinny by any stretch of the imagination I think it would be stunning to be in that outfit

  11. Debra McCray says:

    I would make either a royal blue or yellow A-line, sleeveless shift to wear with this. I would also make a royal blue, knee length skirt and a yellow tank to go with this jacket. I have a pair of rust colored wedges that would look great with it! Such a pretty jacket!

  12. Deb Brement says:

    I would be the envy of the office with this jacket!

  13. Hofken says:

    I would wear this with jeans and a tee


  14. nascarblue says:

    hi, i have a beautiful blue sun dress, this would be great to wear over my dress on cool evenings, for all day wear i would wear my favorite jeans with my with white tank and off i go and wait for the WOW’s, where did you get that awesome blazer….

  15. Mary says:

    Bright orange is a terrific choice and the accent colors make the jacket even better. Colored jeans in royal or yellow would be perfect with it.

  16. Maria Allyn says:

    I would wear this fabulous blazer with a huge smile. You simply can’t be sad with those colors on.

  17. Barbara says:

    I would wear it with a great pair of jeans and a tank in one of the flower colors.

  18. cathylwood says:

    This wonderful jacket is begging to be paired with white jeans, a pale yellow t-shirt and platform espadrilles. Or a pale orange or pale pink soft, floaty, breezy short chiffon dress or pleated skirt and nude strappy sandals.

  19. Sherry Ann Abrams says:

    A royal blue sheath dress would look great with this jacket with orange heels!

  20. Deb says:

    Slacks in one of the colors of the jacket.

  21. deborahf2 says:

    I wear way too much black-this would be such a fantastic lift to my wardrobe and my entire look!

  22. carol catto says:

    This jacket is so versatile. I would wear it with either black or white pants, a dress. It is so great looking.

  23. Susan Christy says:

    Jeans & Espadrilles for a casual look, or black pants and pumps for work

  24. Betsy says:

    Wow … this jacket commands attention. Multi-colors make it very versatile all year long.

  25. Debra Stewart says:

    I have bright yellow slim pants that would be perfect with this jacket. Under would be a white shell. Yowaza!

  26. GayleM says:

    This would dress up my favorite summer black dress. I would also try it with leggings and a long tank top.

  27. Aguiar says:

    The possibilities are endless with this jacket, black pants with a yellow, green or blue jewel toned blouse; or put the color on the bottom with a neutral blouse or a blouse of the same color bottom…. jeans would be great with some colorful earrings… and let’s not forget the shoes! Where do I begin?! A pair of royal blue pumps, orange flats, nude anything…. could build a whole wardrobe around that one jacket!

  28. Michelle says:

    Long black sleeveless dress – that I have already and have been looking for a great jacket. Also, have to find a pair of royal blue pants, would love those and this jacket to wear to my niece’s bridal luncheon.

  29. smfsprout says:

    This would dress up black jeans and go great with a black shift or pants/skirt. Maybe I could find some royal blue pants, or….

  30. AJB says:

    White pants for summer and dark pants or jeans for winter.

  31. Zenaida says:

    My skinny jeans.

  32. Tracy E says:

    A pair of dark jeans or black pants

  33. beth says:

    I just bought a pair of yellow capris from LOFT that this will be perfect with!! Thank you.

  34. Christine says:

    black skinny jeans and yellow silk top

  35. Carolyn Hubatka says:

    I would love to wear this fab blazer with Lee jeans, cowboy boots and a cowboy hat. That would make me stand out in a crowd. WaaHoo

  36. sara frye says:

    I would wear this awesome jacket with a white pair of slacks and match the blue in the jacket with a tank top.

  37. Ianete says:

    I would wear it with almost every black skirt and dress I own. It is fabulous!

  38. velder dixon says:

    nice pair of jeans

  39. Karen Beckett says:

    I would wear this beautiful jacket with black slacks and a black or cream cami or tank top. Add some comfortable shoes and a great purse. Viola! All set!

  40. Sharon says:

    Dark periwinkle NYDJ jeans I just bought, neutral tank and nude wedge sandals.

  41. Vickie says:

    A cut Blue front kick skirt!

  42. kate60 says:

    i wuold wear this over black skinny jeans,a black silk shirt tan suede wedgie sneakers and a knock their socks off belt. no hat-oh maybe a camel hair beret.

  43. Mamavalveeta03 says:

    I’d wear this with a white tank, my skinny jeans, and some wedge espadrilles in navy. Plus, my kendra scott tassel necklace with the chalcedony stone!

  44. LiliMarlene says:

    The print is very vivid–I’d stick to neutrals Khaki’s or denim.

  45. Sandra Butler says:

    I would try to match up the jacket with Yellow jeans, capris or skirt.

  46. amy mayer says:

    Definitely with white pants–will set the colors off beautifully. And a seafoam green(teal) t-shirt underneath…

  47. Valerie Clark says:

    This jacket speaks for itself. I would wear it with a simple black dress or skirt.

  48. jfscott1948 says:

    Now that I live in Florida I have grown fond of more and brighter color. I can see myself pairing this with either black or white slacks, skirts or over dresses. It can be worn either as dressy or with jeans .capris, walking shorts, with so many different kinds of clothing and so many different ways.

  49. sandy says:

    white skirt or slacks- heck woud even look fun with some mustard slacks or jeans

  50. Mary W says:

    This blazer is just screaming my name. The beautiful colors match everything I own whether it is pants, shorts or skirts. The blazer matches all of my sandals, shoes and purses. I even have nail polishes that would go with this! In other words, this blazer goes with literally everything I own!

  51. Nancy says:

    Qgreat jacket

  52. linda says:

    Wow!! I loooove this colorful blazer, and since I live in Florida, I can see myself wearing it year round-with black pants or black jersey dress.

  53. sandram says:

    I would wear this blazer with my white jeans or over my white sundress.
    It would even be a knock out with my jeans and a white shirt.
    Love it!!

  54. Dianne Fuzek says:

    Always safe black or white capris, crops or jeans. Or—to be more bold yellow Bermudas. Ll with a tank matching the bottom. Live bright colored jackets. Makes me feel ” Perkier”.

  55. Mary Lou says:

    Dark blue jeans, red strappy sandals (or nude sandals with red polished toes), and a white cami or tank. Simple silver hoop earrings.

  56. pameladw says:

    I would wear this with slim jeans, black pants, or white pants! I see lots of opportunities to vary outfits with this jacket!

  57. Lynn Bomar says:

    I love the bright colors. I would wear with walking shorts and a tank top.

  58. joyce says:

    I would wear this with a nice white shirt,and jeans.

  59. Dawn Cronk says:

    I’d love to win the blazer, would look fashionable at work!

  60. kay gannon says:

    I would wear it with my black slacks

  61. Paula Pile says:

    I would wear this beautiful jacket with Black silk pants, a pencil skirt in the blue in the jacket with a yellow clammy underneath the jacket., or with a yellowish sheath dress. I would also wear a cute pair of shoes either flats or wedge in the orangey red with a matching envelope purse.

  62. eddyrobey says:

    Over a navy maxi dress, with a navy broad-brimmed hat

  63. KAREN COGBURN says:

    Perfect with white pants for dinner party

  64. Joyce Acosta says:

    I’m loving everything tangerine right now and am always full on floral–the bolder the better!

  65. Ann Altaher says:

    For sure white pants dressor jeans ,witha yellow top tank style.

  66. Gaye says:

    Would be great to dress up a tank and croped pante (blue, white) when traveling.

  67. tukute says:

    I would wear this with a yellow A-Line dress. I luv the colors. Bright colors makes me feel like superwoman.

  68. abbygabbie says:

    So Pretty, I would pair this with a pencil skit for work & then on the weekends I would pair this with Capri’s or Jeans.

  69. Michele says:

    Mint Jeans and tank, Beige wedge sandals

  70. Mary Beth Haggerty says:

    White Jean capris, Tahari WaverlyOrange/Rope wedges, Dark royal sleeveless top(for my hot moments/hides the muffin) , gold hoops and mixed bangles. Orange Pedi is a must! Raffia cross body bag.

  71. yyoerger says:

    Indigo tight jeans that match the iris design color and a yellow cami.


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