clos-ette case: Pink Tartan's Kim Newport-Mimran

Posted on November 08, 2012 by Melanie Charlton

One look at Pink Tartan's fall collection, and we had to wonder: where have you been all our lives? The Canadian line is the very definition of easy, chic sportswear –the type you simply throw on and go.  “Simplicity is the secret to elegance,” says designer Kim Newport-Mimran. One half of Canada’s first couple of fashion –husband Joe Mimran is the dynamo behind Club Monaco and Joe Fresh –Newport-Mimran counts Audrey Hepburn and her own stylish grandmother as key inspiration. And now that we have our hands on some her expertly-tailored modern classics (hello, perfect black pant and little black dress), we’re counting Pink Tartan as one of our can’t-live-withouts. 

 clos-ette case: Kim Newport-Mimran

How would you describe your personal style?

I would say classic with a twist. I like to mix vintage with designer pieces and Pink Tartan. It’s preppy chic, kind of sporty.

What are your most cherished items?

I have amazing collection of vintage couture. There are a couple of pieces in there that are very memorable and special to me –a handmade Balenciaga from the 60s, a beaded Halston. There’s something about the life it had that really inspires me.

shoe racks and hermes bags in Kim's dream closet

Inside Mimran's Toronto closet

What would we never find in your closet?

Wedges. I just don’t like the way they make my legs look. Even when they’ve been at the height of fashion, I’ve never worn them.

What colors do you gravitate to?

It’s funny because I love color, but it does change seasonally. Last season, I loved orange; this season I love emerald Kelly green.

What’s your wardrobe MVP?

Absolutely the Pink Tartan tech stretch pant. It’s my travel pant and go-to pant because it’s such a rich black I can take it from day to dinner. I did with a flare this season – it’s sort of a skinny leg with a wide flare at the bottom.


Lust-worthy little black dresses from Pink Tartan's Fall collection

What’s at the top of your shopping wish-list?

Commes des Garcon’s floral and black coat. It’s almost like a piece of art. I think it’s amazing.

Who is your style icon?

Audrey Hepburn. She’s always been my favorite –I love her movies, I love her haircut, I love her style. It’s that sort of sporty, but feminine at the same time. I love that juxtaposition.

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