Founded in 2005, luxury women’s denim label, GOLDSIGN, fuses a longtime commitment to cutting-edge fashions with a vast wealth of knowledge in denim to produce a collection of supreme quality. GOLDSIGN is produced locally in Los Angeles under the direction of British native and denim visionary, Karen Phelps. With a fresh eye and perspective each season, Phelps implements her extensive design background to create a collection that pushes boundaries while maintaining an elevated design aesthetic.
Offering a distinct and exclusive assortment of refined denim styles season after season, GOLDSIGN’s designs cater to the finest denim enthusiasts and those with an appreciation for luxurious and sophisticated products. Always looking into the future, GOLDSIGN embraces the aesthetic of a modern design approach encapsulated in considered detailing and architectural clean lines. Innovative and tactile fabrications are crafted into an exclusive fit range with construction synonymous to ready to wear along with traditional tailoring references.
Since its inception, GOLDSIGN has become one of the most exclusive designer denim brands, quickly earning a reputation within the most luxurious customers and specialty retail accounts around the globe such as The Line, Moda Operandi, A’maree’s, Rand and Statler, Poole Shop, Viola Lovely, Need Supply, Shopbop, Alex Eagle, and Le Bon Marche.
ABOUT KAREN PHELPS
A British native, GOLDSIGN and AGOLDE’s Creative Director Karen Phelps, has joined the team based in Los Angeles in implement her extensive design expertise and creative vision to the premium denim brands. After graduation from University of Northumbria at Newcastle, with a B.A. Honors and winner of Womenswear Graduate of the Year, Phelps relocated to New York and began her successful career. From there, she has help roles with leading global brands such as Calvin Klein Inc., Levi Strauss & Co., Gap Inc. in addition to more niche brands such as Margaret Howell and J. Brand.
Phelps spent her formative years working as a design assistant with J. Crew which subsequently led to a design role at Calvin Klein Inc. where she developed skills as a denim designer working with Calvin Klein himself designing both men’s and women’s collections. Garnering a clean and minimalist design approach which is prevalent in Phelps work today, she then transitioned into a senior role at Levi’s Premium, and Design Director at Gap Inc., focusing on the entire women’s collections for Europe and Asia. After shifting gears and returning to Europe Phelps consulted with Margaret Howell and Calvin Klein, prior to retuning to the U.S, and held the role of Vice president of Women’s Design at denim label J. Brand in Los Angeles. Leading the design team and working on collaborations with Simone Rocha, Theory Japan and introducing “The Little Black Jean,” “Photoready,” and “Stocking Jean” into the market.
Citizens of Humanity took notice of Phelps’ body of work and offered her the opportunity to work in-house as Creative Director for both GOLDSIGN and AGOLDE. Phelps jumped at the opportunity to work with industry giant, Jerome Dahan, and push her creative abilities even further. Phelps was eager to work with denim brands that offered its own in-house laundry and manufacturing facilities. With an eye for what’s next in denim, Phelps looks forward to implementing her extensive design background to GOLDSIGN and AGOLDE collections.
“Detail and workmanship is an incredibly important part of my design process and to keep a fresh seasonal perspective. It’s an honor to be working with Jerome and our team of highly skilled pattern makers, sewers, and wash technicians to push boundaries and design elevated and distinct collections.” – Karen Phelps