KD NEW YORK is a premium knitwear brand, created by two dancers who believe in the marriage of beauty and comfort.
The unique construction of the yarns, combined with intelligent designs, have been revolutionary in offering comfort and style. Ideal for your ballet wardrobe, you will find uncommonly thin top hybrids, meticulously crafted bottoms, and one-pieces in expertly fitted silhouettes. A beautiful representation of authentic craftsmanship in ballet fashion.
In 1980 Oakland ballet dancers David Lee and Tricia Kay made two pairs of knit footless tight that could be folded over around the waist. What they did not know is that this started a revolution in dancewear. The tights resembled thick sweaters for the legs.
Today KD still uses the same yarns differently: instead of thick, bulky sweaters, theirs were uncommonly thin sweater-top hybrids, bottoms and one-pieces in fitted silhouettes. It was the start of a new genre and a new kind of comfortable: soft workout wear.
In 1983, the brand moved to New York: the dance capital of the world. Their first workspace was an underground studio in lower Manhattan where they made their pieces on hand-flat knitting machines. KD regularly sold their product to leading dancers in New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Rudolf Nureyev, and Mikhail Baryshnikov and his dance partner, Gelsey Kirkland.
New York Base
KD moved to a Chelsea loft that doubled as a retail space and showroom in 1985. Growing demand led them to the Bronx in 1987 where they opened their own factory. In 1990, KD began using computerized knitting machines, allowing the line to introduce more styles and develop new yarns.
KD New York is still based in the South Bronx and employs over 18 New Yorkers in our state of the art factory. We use computerized knitting machines made in Germany and Japan. Their exclusive yarns are made from the finest textiles and are sourced worldwide, including the US. KD is sold in over 200 stores around the world and is regularly featured in the pages of Elle, Vogue, and Shape Magazine.