The Elmwood neighborhood continues its gentle gentrification with the recent arrival of a very stylish design and tailoring studio, occupying part of the refurbished Bolfing’s Hardware store at 2951 College Avenue, near the corner of Ashby.

Keneuoe Vivere — or K/V Studio — is owned by local resident Keneuoe who has been designing clothes in the East Bay for several years. The College Avenue space includes a showroom where a good selection of her sharply tailored suits, coats, dresses and shirts are displayed, and a generously sized fitting room in the back.

Keneuoe says her clothes are geared towards professional women with a strong sense of self-expression.

All the studio’s designs are made to order. Sewing and tailoring is done in Berkeley by local seamstresses. Eventually Keneuoe plans to introduce a couture line which will include bridal wear.

With its stark white walls, newly installed skylight, gray panels and recessed lighting, the space is a worthy backdrop for the classic designs. Designer Nina Taylor worked on the playful window and interior displays which include vintage sewing paraphernalia. And two artists are currently exhibiting work there: Matt Phillips and Victor Cohen-Smith.

Watch the slideshow above for a peek inside.

[Photos by Tracey Taylor.]


Tracey Taylor

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...

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