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Kipperman with his wife, Carina, and their son, Erik. Erik serves as Kippys' CEO, while Carina, as an artist herself, often undertakes technical drawings. keeping? Just ask the legion of collectors who have closets full of Kippys' exclusive clothing and accessories. It starts with Bob's critical eye and ends with fawless materials, lavishly decorated. Every belt, for example, begins with fne garment leather, and decorations are placed by hand. Colors and patterns abound. Kippy unabashedly claims he knows exactly what works. "I'm more of a stylist," he says. "I don't need to draw things up anymore. Inspiration ofen comes from the consumer, or an interesting skin or material I fnd, or sometimes just a color. I'm good at synthesizing these elements. I attend the annual Italian leather shows, discover a special hide, then bring it home and see what it says to me. What I like to do most is develop variations on a theme; that is, create an exciting pattern and apply it to a jacket design, a bag, a belt, and all kinds of small leather goods." Kippys' design house is always fresh and new, and yet, reliably consistent. Te company and its founder have a clear point of view. At the moment, they're exploring the '70s and retro, patinated metals, and a new pearlized fnish on studs. With almost 60 diferent colors of crystals, nine diferent metal fnishes and stud types, and more than 300 diferent leathers, the design possibilities are endless. Kippy himself seems forever young — energetic, irreverent, and open to new ideas. Carina, his elegant Swedish wife and quieter counterpart, is, in Bob's words, "the sensibility of the company." She contributes in so many ways, and, as an artist herself, ofen undertakes the technical drawings. To those who know them as a couple, it appears that above all, Carina keeps Bob grounded. Afer more than 40 years together, she knows what it takes. As for the future of Kippys, there's no end in sight. Te team is strong and the numbers keep growing. Bob is planning his next fashion trip, looking for the next idea. When asked if retirement is in the cards, the maestro laughed and answered, "I don't think so. It's simple. When it stops being fun, I'll quit." With son Erik (Kippys' CEO) and his wife Katie (née Scoggins, Kippys' creative director) close at hand, should that improbable day come, rest assured that the legend and legacy of Kippys will continue. Erik and Katie have begun working on the fourth generation of Kippys: Their resources son, Lou, born in December 2011, is Kippys (619) 435-6218; already dressing with that inimitable kippys.com Kippys' fair. FALL 2013 Western & English Today 19