What a wonderful event!!

Couture for a Cause 2015 was a smashing success, in so many ways!

The event was fun and vibrant, brought in record-breaking funds for Activate Good! and I’m really thrilled with the two pieces I made for the show!!!

I hope that I did a good job highlighting and celebrating the LGBT Center of Raleigh with my two gorgeous kimonos…

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Left Model: Diana Cameron McQueen
Right Model: AnneMarie Brown

Photography: J Clark Images Photography
Hair: TONE Hair Salon
Makeup: Front Row Cosmetics


Thank you!! Let’s do even more, and I’ll show you my appreciation!!!

Thank you all so much for your generosity in helping me raise MORE than the required $200 for Activate Good’s Couture for a Cause!

This year, I am designing two looks for the runway that represent and are inspired by the LGBT Center of Raleigh this year.  I truly love the work they do to support the LGBT population in my area of North Carolina, many of whom are dear friends of mine (and yours!!)

As you may know, I design under the name Leopold Designs, and hand-dye the silk fabric that goes into making my garments for the runway.

What I’d like to do is up the ante…. and I want to show you my appreciation for helping me get to a new goal of $1000.  If you help me reach this new fundraising goal, I will raffle off 5 (yes, FIVE) of my hand-dyed Leopold Designs silk scarves to 5 of you!

CLICK HERE for the link to the fundraiser!

Here is a sneak peek at the Couture look’s fabric…
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Source: Thank you!! Let’s do even more, and I’ll show you my appreciation!!!

Couture for a Cause 2015: the MOST fun one ever

Now look here……… Activate Good’s Couture for a Cause is going to be a flipping BLAST this year!
There are musicians, a dj, this POETRY FOX, amazing silent auction items, and OH YEAH…. FASHION!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am designing to highlight the LGBT Center of Raleigh.

Check out the photo below to see my work in progress!
Seriously….You should do the following (in either order):
a.) Chip in to help me win the PRIZE for raising the most funds for the cause at : http://coutureforacause2015.causevox.com/kimkirchstein
2.) Buy TICKETS for this amazing fun night!!

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Learn Shibori with Indigo from me!

Let’s have a great time, and do some Shibori together for a few hours!!!
Join me in this fun, hands-on class, where you’ll learn the basics of this beautiful method of dyeing!!

Shibori is a Japanese technique of binding, stitching, and clamping fabric to create pattern when dye is applied. Loosely, you could call it “Japanese Tie-dye”.

No experience is necessary!!   Come ready to learn and get your hands dirty!  At the end of class, you’ll take home this new skill and your dyed fabrics that could be used as tea towels, place mats or made into beautiful pillows for your home.

Saturday, October 24th, from 10:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Click here to register.

Gather’s NEW location in Raleigh!!
715 N. Person Street
Raleigh, NC 27604
*NOTE: Entrance is located on Franklin Street, next to 212 E. Franklin St.


Please help me raise money for Activate Good!

Friends… This is my THIRD time taking part in Activate Good’s Couture for a Cause.  Each year chosen designers design a couture look and a ready-to-wear look to walk the runway, which highlights the nonprofits that Activate Good works with, and each group’s contribution to our community.

This year, I am designing two fun, elegant kimonos to bring light and awareness to the LGBT Center of Raleigh. Those two looks will be premiered the night ofNovember 7th, at the Raleigh Convention Center.  Tickets are available HERE.

In lieu of the auction during the fashion show, each of the designers need to raise $200 each.  
This will ensure that we all meet our fundraising goal, but also, this is a contest!! The designer who raises the most money gets a really great prize.  I would really love to bring in the most funds on behalf of my non-profit, and having the added honor of winning this prize would be super spectacular!

Please help me raise the funds by donating anything (even a little bit) you can!! Here is the link to that: http://coutureforacause2015.causevox.com/kimkirchstein

Thank you all!!!


I’m designing for Couture for a Cause & LGBT Center of Raleigh!

I’d love the help here!!
I am super honored once again to be participating in Activate Good’s Couture for a Cause!! It’s a marvelous fashion show fundraiser that supports a variety of non-profit organizations in the Raleigh area.
This year, I am inspired by, and designing 2 runway looks to highlight the LGBT Center of Raleigh!!
Please visit the website to see how you can help me support and show love for this wonderful organization!!!

Fabulous Redress Runway photos!

Truly spectacular photos by reDirect Photography, plus here is his summary blog post of the Redress Raleigh show!

Hairologist: Demetra of D-Spot 
Makeup: Makeup Artistry by Amani
Models’ sites:
Colleen Ann Guest
Camellia Jade
Vivian Powers-Ramge

Photos from backstage, Redress Raleigh 2015

Just the start of the many amazing photos taken by fabulous photographers….

These beautiful photos were taken by the very creative, very talented Ernesto Sue.
This was outside the Lincoln Theatre, before the Redress Raleigh Fashion Show began.
Hairologist: Demetra of D-Spot 
Makeup: Makeup Artistry by Amani
Models’ sites:
Colleen Ann Guest
Camellia Jade
Vivian Powers-Ramge


Redress Raleigh is FIVE days away!!!!!

Procrastinator or not, I’m one of those people that works until the last minute.
This is soooo not an exception.  I want this show to be my favorite yet!
I want this show to be YOUR favorite yet!

I have a magnificent team with me this year!!

My models are some returning ladies who’ve walked Redress for me before, and some are new to me and some are new to modeling!
All are wonderful people and beautiful representations the Redress Raleigh Runway!

Jennifer Andrews
Colleen Ann Guest
Camellia Jade
Kimberly Matsuzaki
Katherine Elizabeth
Nancy Tom
Laura Wyker
Vivian Powers-Ramge 
Gina Gene
Delaney O’Connell
AnneMarie Brown
Laurel Ann Cavanagh

My hair and makeup team, too.
Hairologist Demetra of D-Spot
Makeup Artistry by Amani

They are both very experienced and very talented ladies.  And they’re both very sweet people!!  I am so excited to have them on my team this year for all those reasons!

Keep an eye out after the show for photos from J. Hall Photography. Jennifer has a lot of fashion photography experience, and I’m very excited to see her take on Leopold Designs!


And those eco- and ethically-conscious out there, you really should attend the conference the next day!!  I will be there, and I had an amazing time last year!