Sally Ein and Lindsay Ellenbogen host Reed Krakoff at Saks Jandel

The unlikely partnership between Venture Group CEO Mark Ein, Danaher Corperation co-founder Mitchell Rales, T. Rowe Price Associates and fashion designer Reed Krakoff makes a lot more sense when Sally Ein and Lindsay Ellenbogen are included in the mix.

Ein and Ellenbogen introduced the designer to an intimate gathering of Washington’s luxury customers at Saks Jandel Sunday with a presentation of Krakoff’s Fall and Pre-Fall 2014 collections. The women helped bring to life Krakoff’s aesthetic, making the purchase of Krakoff’s luxury brand from Coach seem a more obvious fit.

Ein looked effortlessly chic  in a steel grey shift by Krakoff, a few seasons old but a testament to the designer’s timeless aesthetic, she says.

“I think it is the first really great American luxury brand,” she said. “His clothes are really wearable for women who like to work and look good while doing so.”

The Eins sat hand-in-hand during the presentation, exchanging thoughts on skirts and a lovely navy gown.

Guests cooed audibly at several pieces, including a sheer-sleeved black blazer and gown with a gathered waistline.

“I love how he put together the separates, the mix in textures,” gushed Capricia Marchall, the former Chief of Protocol.

Krakoff, who seemed charmed to be among his new cohort, said the brand is looking into a freestanding store in DC.

“The woman we dress, and what the brand really embodies, is empowered and always has a sense of her own style,” Krakoff says. He notes that his clothes work for a woman with “a lifestyle of working, traveling, going to benefits and having a family,” which is perfectly suited for the Washington market. “It’s such a global place, with women from all over the world, it’s fashion that makes sense in terms of their lives.”

 

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