Ibby Hartley (formerly Open the Kimono) is a Venice, CA based design studio making handmade kimono inspired robes and dresses.
Ibby is self-taught designer and seamstress who was born in Rhode Island and grew up in Los Angeles. She began sewing pillows and accessories at a young age (sorry mom, most were really hideous), and later designed and made her prom dress and other garments.
After studying Art History at UC Berkeley, Ibby returned to Los Angeles to work in the fashion industry. While working as a design assistant, she began brainstorming the concept that evolved into Ibby Hartley during family dinners with her boyfriend’s mother, Venice-based architect Lise Matthews. The two built the brand around the belief that women of all ages deserved stylish and beautiful clothing items.
After six months prep, Ibby Hartley opened on Abbot Kinney in Venice, CA, with just a handful of handmade items that sold out almost immediately. The suddenly empty shelves and hangers led Ibby to realize that what had begun as a passion project could grow to be much more!
Four years later, Ibby Hartley (Open the Kimono) has been featured in Harper’s Bazaar, W Magazine, Veranda, Martha Stewart Living, and Huffpost. In the interim, Ibby has expanded the line to include a selection of her original, hand-drawn and hand-painted prints alongside slip dresses and a selection of menswear.
Ibby is inspired by fashion of the past and has built her business on a model of limited production and small batch releases to bring their customers beautiful and individual items featuring the level of care and craftsmanship seen in the classic ateliers of the past. All fabrics are hand cut and garments are french seamed.
Ibby wants to create clothing that makes you feel amazing and will last a lifetime.