Born in Los Angeles, raised in Kansas City, and based in New York, Kao received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Studio Arts at NYU, followed by a post-graduate degree from Parsons School of Design. She then went to work for several reputable designers before launching her own label. But, perhaps more than any formal education or training, it is her family that inspires Kao and informs her collection. In particular, her grandmother, who was born and raised in Taiwan under Japanese influence. From her, Kao learned the traditional crafts, artistry, and folklore of Japanese culture, as well as an intense love for details and precision.

Integrity of design and dedication to the craft are at the heart of designer Jen Kao’s high-end womenswear line, launched for Fall 2007.

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