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Fresh Threads: Koch at Kerut

A preview of Koch designer Nicole Musselman's Fall line.

l-r: Kingsley Dress in Serpantine Fox $310, Albertine Dress in Sienna $425

I met with the founder of the Koch clothing line last week during a trunk show at Kerut boutique in La Jolla.
Two seasons ago, Nicole Musselman, a La Jolla native, started Koch simply--with accessories and handbags.
Using her interest in graphic design, she branched out, and developed the clothes. Koch is now sold in over 80 stores and has been featured in magazines such as Lucky, Marie Claire, and Town and Country.
Musselman says her designs begin with visual inspiration—usually photographs. Her Fall line will offer a combination of Fox motifs and stark images of the dessert—photos taken in Joshua Tree where she was vacationing with her family.

l-r: Ana Dress in Stripes $305, Sophie skirt in Serpantine Fox $275 & Whitman Charcoal Fox sweater $ 435

“We like to layer fabrics like leather with washable silks and organic cottons. I say Koch is a sexy bohemian line I hope can easily take women from day to night—with the stress on the easy,” Musselman says. 
Her Spring 2012 line was inspired by a recent visit to India, where she stayed in the famous Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur. The hotel is famous for being one of the featured locations in the James Bond movie, Octopussy. Musselman says she was inspired as much by India as the movie. The graphic prints and images for the spring line will incorporate daggers, fighting fish, and silk kimonos. 
Though Musselman has moved from SD to Dallas, she still visits frequently, as her mother and stepfather live in the city, and she says her goal is to some day return to San Diego.
Photos courtesy of Bret Gum