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KennyKAS life lesson

A quote to live by

"I always knew I could be great... The problem was the people around me didn't know.  So I surrounded myself around like minded people that could help me reach my greatness."

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About Kas

As CEO and Principle Designer, Kenny “KAS” Flanagan is responsible for the overall design and direction of KAS Collection LLC. With signature lines such as KAS Couture, KennyKAS Wear, and W.E.T (With Exceptional Taste Urban Line), he has earned the reputation of delivering some the industry’s most exquisite and well-crafted clothing while continuing to demonstrate his limitless vision for exquisite style.

As a native of Washington, DC/Harlem, NY, Kenny “KAS” Flanagan is a self-taught designer whose love for art began at the age of 4. By his teen years, he had immersed himself in sketching and designing. He soon became a young entrepreneur by showing his art collection at local DC and New York galleries. Much of his vision was inspired by the styles of the matriarchs of his family, most importantly his mother. In 2006, Kenny “KAS” Flanagan had the opportunity to live in London, England. He also lived in Milan, where he studied under the late, world-renowned designer, Yves Saint Laurent. It was during this period he was able to hone his skills and successfully combine his artistic talents with his love for fashion. From there he explored other parts of the world including Tokyo, Japan, and Indonesia to name a few. It was in Seoul, Korea where learned about textiles and manufacturing. IN the United States, Mr. Flanagan has worked in many capacities of the fashion industry; from a visual merchandiser for Macys and Garfinckels department stores to modeling for Hugo and Calvin Klein. He has also served as a ghost-designer for several fashion houses such as YSL, Gucci, Escada, Max Azria Atelier, Burberry, and other fashion houses around the world.

Today, KAS is revered as a walking billboard for everything fashion and has become one of the most sought after couture designers/stylists in the industry. To date, he has dressed countless numbers of our country’s dignitaries, top athletes, and Hollywood celebrities including Rihanna, Trey Songz, Alicia Keys, CeCe Winans, Denise Boutte, Guy Lambert, Paul Wharton, Keyshia Cole, and many others. His designs has bee featured in over 1,000 magazines such as Essence, Ebony, Jet, Blink (London), Apollo, Kraze, Vogue, DC Modern Luxury, Capital File, Uptown Magazine, and many more. Flanagan also had the opportunity to showcase his award-winning designs to thousands of fashion enthusiasts at the world renowned New York Fashion Week, He holds the distinction of being the first African American male couture designer to sell his collection at Saks Fifth Avenue. Mr. Flanagan has also received the following Awards:

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2016

DC Fashion Week

Outstanding Achievement in Menswear Fashion presented by executive director - Ean Williams

The Washington Menswear Collections Show
DC Fashion Week's standalone showcase for men’s fashion returns to the nation's capitol. This event will allow designers and brands to showcase upcoming collections to press, media, stylists, buyers, fashion trailblazers and Washington's growing male population of 284,222.

2016

Trailblazer Award to the African American Community & Fashion Industry by MNCPPC-Newton White Mansion

Trailblazer Award to the African American Community & Fashion Industry

2014

Titans Art Award

Award presented to an Artist, Organization or Individual who has either displayed exemplary artistic accomplishments in their field or have made a significant contribution to cultural development in the Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia area.

2012

Received an Proclamation from the Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of the State

2011

Minority Business Enterprise of the Year

2009/2010

Fairfax County Public Schools(FCPS) Honorary Partnership Award

2008

Career Achievement Award in Fashion by Velocity Magazine

2007

New York Fashion Week (Couture)

2007

CFDA Nominee for Breakthrough Designer

2006

Under-Studied under Yves Saint Laurent

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2006

First African American (Male) Couture Designer in Saks Fifth Avenue

2005

America's Prince of Fashion Award from UIMA

2005

TIMMY (Talent in Motion Magazine) Award Designer of the Year (NY, LONDON AND PARIS)

2004

Urban Independent Music Awards Designer of the Year

2004

International Designer of Year 3rd Place Winner

2003

Up and Coming Designer of the Year

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