Kristen Luong graduated from the prestigious Menswear Design program at the Fashion Institute of Technology where her final collection won second place and was showcased at The Museum at FIT. Kristen interned for Zac Posen where her work was featured with his collection at Paris Fashion Week. Kristen also worked as a patternmaker for Derek Lam where her work for the Derek Lam Collection was sold worldwide in Barneys and other stores. Kristen subsequently launched her own line, KROMAGNON.
KROMAGNON is a sustainable and eco-friendly high street label featuring both menswear and womenswear. KROMAGNON debuted on the runway at New York Fashion Week in February of 2016. We source earth friendly materials that are renewable, organic, natural and biodegradable. Most of the fabrics we use are hemp blends with other sustainable fibers such as tencel, peace silks, organic cotton, and recycled water bottles (PET). The yarns we use in our sweaters are natural yarn made from virgin wool that have not been dyed or treated with harsh chemicals. We work with global artisans for hand crafted fabrics and prints that use only natural or low impact dyes. Some of our prints are done with bleach in a color reductive process while others use natural dyes and pigments such as indigo, rubia, and copper to create luminous color effects. We prefer to use buttons and trims that are made of cotton, paper, corozo nut, wood, coconut, and other biodegradable materials. We employ minimum-waste manufacturing by repurposing our scraps into hangtags and hopefully in the near future felted into batting for insulation in our winter coats and jackets. Our clothes are ethically and locally produced in New York City.