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TORN: An Exclusive Interview with Ronny Kobo

Launched in 2008, Torn by Ronny Kobo has risen into the spotlight with wearable, yet inventive T-shirt designs for the “Metropolitan Girl”.  These T’s caught our attention because of how flawlessly they match up with our favorite jeans—wide leg or skinny. Kobo launched her collection of designer T-shirts and is slowly expanding into ready-to-wear. “I’m fluent in T-shirts,” says Kobo. But this clothing-language has no strict code. The collection is meant to be mixed and matched, evoking the customers individuality. “The interpretation is completely in how you wear it.”


We had the opportunity to speak with the designer to discuss exactly how to pair the two all time favorites from your wardrobe together—the T’s and the jeans. Read on!

DT: Lets start from the beginning. How did you know you wanted to be a designer?

RK: Designing is a part of me, not to sound too cliche. But in many ways I had been designing since I was a little girl. It wasn’t until I reached graduate school and had a small business of handbags that I realized I could make this dream into reality. A year later I launched Torn.

DT: Do you have any pre-designing rituals?

RK: Yes, exposure! Sitting at home or in the office before designing a season is impossible. I need to walk around on the streets, travel in order to get inspiration. My greates source of inspiration which never fails me are markets of all kinds.

DT: Describe the woman who represents your ideal target customer—the customer you have in mind when you’re planning a collection.

RK: The woman that wears my clothes is fun and really wants to make an effort to look sexy and playful. She is a confident woman, who is well travelled and sophisticated yet has a fabulous sense of humor and doesn’t take herself too seriously. My clothes reflect that.

DT: Can you give us hint about what’s next?

RK: We have just finished designing fall, and are moving into Holiday. For holiday my inspiration is what I call “a 1970’s bohemian Christmas party”.. This came to life while I was looking at some vintage posters and there was an old album cover that depicted this feeling. I am very excited to be incorporating the 1970’s in my collection..

DT: Do you have any favorite/least favorite denim trends right now?

RK: I really like the bell bottoms that every line is showing. I am over the boyfriend jean (although can admit they are the most comfortable to wear).. I really am very excited to wear my cotton candy colored pink jeans this spring.

DT: Any favorite denim brands? Or denim stores?

RK: I love PRPS, vintage levi’s, acne, and am always a big fan of ksubi.

DT: How do you style your denim and tees? And where are you going in them?

RK: I have a couple of different category tops to style with denim. Work sophisticated look for the office to be paired with more denim trouser type pants, weekend casual look and tees, and my very favorite Saturday night T-shirts that are sexy and fun and can be dressed up or down.

A huge thanks to Ronny Kobo for taking the time to help us bring you this interview. Find out more about this exciting line by visiting the Torn by Ronny Kobo website and shop their selection at Shopbop and Intermix.

—Jackie Racer

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Posted Feb 09 2011 in Denim News » Interviews
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