Irvine native Stephanie Lin was designing for Esprit in Germany when she got fed up with what she viewed as the unethical practices of the fashion industry. Her brother, Kevin, was finishing his master’s degree in Spain and told her, “If you have a passion for something, then it’s worth pursuing. And if you decide to pursue it, I’ll support you.” The siblings took a trip to Vienna, where they became inspired to open their own boutique back home. Stephanie used the first two letters of their family members’ names to create Kestan, which opened at SOCO in Costa Mesa in November 2017.
Kestan’s namesake label is made exclusively from eco-friendly materials, such as brushed bamboo that looks like suede and feels like silk, in factories with ethical labor practices. The clothing features solid colors—black, white, gray, blue, and blush—and is perfect for the office with its elevated look and comfortable, lightweight fabrics.
Stephanie also creates adjustable jewelry, including Kestan’s bracelets and necklaces with sliding clasps. “We want to make it easy for women to not only dress themselves but to make mindful decisions in their lives,” she says.
This month, the Lins will expand their jewelry and handbag collections and launch their first line featuring a pattern. You can also book a complimentary hour-long styling appointment.
Cardinal wrap top, $130
Go for Gold
Kestrel necklace, $30
Making Me Blush
Crossbody bucket bag, $175
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