Finding the perfect dress is the ultimate confidence booster. Learn how a local designer and her online dress boutique, Kiss & Wink, is one of the best kept style secrets in the Tri-State.
Kisten Phillips spent more than seven years as a celebrity stylist. All too often, she was unable to find quality (yet affordable), long-lasting wardrobe staples. “I wanted to offer pieces that were bright and well-constructed to contour and compliment any woman’s body type and exude her confidence,” she explains.
Eventually, she decided to create a solution for herself and others in search of an online dress boutique, carrying all shapes and sizes of fashionable yet affordable pieces.
There are two distinct lines at available at Kiss & Wink, says Phillips. “The Kiss line offers sleek and comfortable day-to-day professional-wear dresses, while the Wink line is for that woman looking to be a stunner at her next ladies’ night or any other upscale event,” she explains, adding that Kiss & Wink is one of the first of its kind to feature dresses made of Italian cotton and spandex.
Phillips is the owner of Kiss & Wink and also the designer for many of the pieces. “From the early beginning as a tomboy, I have always been surrounded by people who were meticulous about style and fashion,” she adds. “My grandmother was known as Duchess because every look she put together created a buzz and left a memory in the minds of those who saw her.”
From manufacturing to designing, Phillips says that she works closely to ensure that all of the pieces carrying the Kiss & Wink label meet her high standards, while keeping prices within reach for the consumer. The dresses sold at Kiss & Wink range in price from $99 to $200.
Phillips says her favorite part about running Kiss & Wink is knowing the dresses she’s selling give women a positive emotional expression about how they feel and look. “Women all need a dress that makes them feel as if they’re best dressed and the showstopper,” she says. “Every woman knows that feeling when you put on that one dress, catch a glimpse of yourself and thinks instantly of how much she will stand out in the crowd.”
What makes Kiss & Wink unique, according to Phillips, is that it always has been and always will be a passion project. “Our guarantee to our clients is superior customer service from our class on-trend line of fashion dresses for the discerning, fashion-conscious women at competitive prices,” says Phillips.
Phillips says the future is bright for Kiss & Wink, with online dress rentals coming soon. She says that she wants to offer this option to clients who want to wear one of the dresses but can’t afford it or may not want to make a permanent investment.