Designer Spotlight. Rising to the Top: Interview with Celebrity Stylist and Handbag Designer Donna Katz. Second City Style Fashion Blog

April 13, 2007 • Fashion


Natayle Henry for Second City Style Magazine

I consider myself to be pretty poised and emphatic, as I’ve had no problems rubbing elbows with the best of them – Ashlee Simpson, Jermaine Dupri, Diddy. But for some reason my interview with Donna Katz, celebrity stylist and former VP and Creative director of Linea Pelle, made me a little nervous. I’m not sure what it was; maybe the fear of the unknown. Would she be pompous or condescending? Mean or abrasive? I saw her appearance on the Janice Dickinson show and let me tell you, she is definitely a force to be reckoned with. But, my fears were put to rest upon speaking to this tenacious designer and celebrity stylist. From Justin Timberlake to Lindsay Lohan, this fashionista has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry and isn’t stopping there. She’s going nowhere but up and anyone or anything getting in her way isn’t an option. Keep your eyes and ears open as this lady of fashion is becoming a household name.

SCS: How was Linea Pelle “born?”
DK: Well, actually my parents started it twenty years ago. Initially they started with, I’m pretty sure it was clothing, and it was called something else. Then my mom decided that she wanted to get into accessories and she and my dad started Linea Pelle about twenty years ago.

SCS: When did you come on board?
DK: Six years ago now.

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