005: Tropical Knitwear, With Karelle Levy
Michelle travels to Miami, Florida, to chat with Karelle Levy, a renowned knitwear designer, textile artist and the owner of KRELwear. Together, Michelle and Karelle give an eye-opening look at the creative possibilities that exist in even the most pigeonholed art forms. In Episode 5 of The Cultured Podcast, Karelle pins down her artistic vision and the creative influences behind her skin-baring silhouettes. Uncover Karelle’s unique story, including the ways she barreled by every expectation imposed on knitwear to create a sexy, tropical and glow-in-the-dark line of knits.
About Karelle Levy, Knitwear Designer
Designer and artist Karelle Levy founded Krelwear fashion collection in 2002. Born in Paris and raised in Miami, she graduated with a Textile degree from Rhode Island School of Design. She applies her multi-cultural background to designing and fabricating colorful, body-conscious knitwear for tropical climates. Karelle specializes in eco-friendly cotton and metallic fibers with advanced technology. Hand-knitted dresses, tops, hot shorts and accessories come in her exclusive, signature fabrics.
In addition to creating art installations, including Quickie Couture, a series for on-the-spot custom pieces, she hosts “Stitch N Bitch” monthly knitting and crochet workshops at her studio and boutique in Miami Ironside and at the Freehand Miami hotel.