A Very KULE Couple: Mei Tao and Darrick Harris

There are many wonderful and talented people we are so proud to see wear KULE. Mei Tao and her husband Darrick Harris, who are longtime friends of the brand, are two of them. Mei has been working with Nikki as our editorial photographer — a visual magician if you will — since the beginning. Her husband Darrick, the Visual Director of Town & Country Magazine, is also incredibly talented. They’re a power couple with great style 🙂. Get to know Mei and Darrick a little better and see how they wear their KULE this Fall.

mei tao and darrick harris wearing kule
“We’re in Montreal in these photos. I was there for work and D [which is what Mei calls Darrick] came on the weekend to join me for a little fun getaway.” – Mei

Mei and Darrick have been together for 23 years. Darrick is a native New Yorker, born and raised, and Mei was born in China, raised in Brooklyn, and has been in New York since she was 10. The story of how they met? Darrick says, “She stalked me for years,” and Mei says, “He waited for years for me to be single to ask me out.” 💗💗

The Rox Trench

The Rox Trench

Prada Re-Nylon Bag

Prada Re-Nylon Bag

The Men's Take Out Raleigh Sweatshirt

The Men's Take Out Raleigh Sweatshirt

Resid3ncy Hat

Resid3ncy Hat

Hoka Sneakers

Hoka Sneakers

The McGraw Shirt

The McGraw Shirt

APC Pants

APC Pants

On Running Sneakers

On Running Sneakers

As for Mei’s connection to KULE, she’s known Nikki since 2011 and has been with us since. Mei is not only an incredibly talented photographer making magic behind the camera but also somewhat of a brand mascot who styles KULE as her own.

mei wearing kule trench coat
“Some of my favorite KULE pieces are the classics like the Hutton button-down shirt, the Raleigh sweatshirt, the Sinclair cashmere cardigan, the Modern Long T-shirt, and the Rox trench coat [seen here].” – Mei
“My go-to outfit is a good pair of pants or jeans, a men’s style shirt, a navy blazer, and a good coat or trench and comfortable shoes.” – Mei
The Nelson Blazer

The Nelson Blazer

The Hutton Shirt

The Hutton Shirt

The Rox Trench

The Rox Trench

The Modern Long Tee

The Modern Long Tee

The Sinclair Cashmere Cardigan

The Sinclair Cashmere Cardigan

The Raleigh Sweatshirt

The Raleigh Sweatshirt

“I’ve been working with KULE since the beginning. It’s been so much fun realizing the brand’s vision with Nikki through photos. I’ve been a big fan since day 1.” – Mei

Mei and Darrick both say they love to travel together and, as Darrick added, “we love to watch foodie shows together.” Speaking of food, they are two people who definitely know where to eat in NYC. Some standout places they recommend include Omen Azen, Aurora Soho, The Odeon, and Big Wong. You’re welcome!

Mei on Darrick’s style: “I’ve been dressing him for 23 years, but he does accessorize himself”

Darrick is wearing KULE Rufus tee45 RPM jacket, Best Made Co. pants, and Mifland cap
mei wearing kule shirt and vest
Darrick on Mei’s style: “Sensibly Chic”

Mei is wearing KULE vest over KULE button-down shirtAcne Studios jeans, and Prada bag
The Dakota Vest

The Dakota Vest

Acne Studios Jeans

Acne Studios Jeans

Rufus Striped Tee

Rufus Striped Tee

Mifland Hat

Mifland Hat

45 RPM Jacket

45 RPM Jacket

The Hutton Shirt

The Hutton Shirt

Prada Re-Nylon Bag

Prada Re-Nylon Bag

Best Made Co. Pants

Best Made Co. Pants

“[Finding time to be together] can be challenging. But as we are in the same business, we are often able to be in the same cities.” – Darrick

“We find the time — I like him.” – Mei

Follow Mei @taomeitao for some of her entertaining content, great style, and photos, and Darrick @delroyslim for his humor, behind-the-scenes of his job, travel, fabulous hats, and adorable family shots. Shop their outfits here 🙂🙂.

And Just Like That… Fall is Here

With the unofficial end of summer behind us, it is full speed ahead into Fall. Here at KULE, we’ve been excited for this season since we photographed the collection and got our first peek into Fall 👀, several months ago. It’s filled with colorful stripes, collegiate knits, and tons of cozy layers. And yes, pasta and corn are on the menu 🍝 🌽. Read on below for a behind-the-scenes look into the making of KULE Fall.

In characteristically KULE style, we’re knee-deep in stripes this Fall
Our Fall collection features collegiate knits like this crewneck sweater, styled with our everyday button-down shirt and updated trench coat.
Before every shoot, we do a “style-out” at our office where Nikki conceptualizes looks to then be perfected on set. We get even more excited about the clothes and ways to wear them, too
The Bryce

The Bryce

The Rox Trench

The Rox Trench

The Hutton Button-Down Shirt

The Hutton Button-Down Shirt

Miu Miu Loafers

Miu Miu Loafers

Officine Générale Trouser

Officine Générale Trouser

Photographer Mei Tao brings the energy on set with our megaphone prop 📣
Megaphone seen here! Every Fall we introduce a new reversible puffer vest, a bestseller year after year. It’s styled here with our new striped henley, and bestselling bucket hat
The Chandler Puffer Vest

The Chandler Puffer Vest

The Margaux Ribbed Henley

The Margaux Ribbed Henley

The Bucky Hat

The Bucky Hat

The All Over Striped Tote

The All Over Striped Tote

Wales Bonner x Adidas Sneakers

Wales Bonner x Adidas Sneakers

The set is always carefully considered in our shoots. We choose a location (this one was in Brooklyn) and build the rest from there. This is the backdrop for our pasta-themed group 🍝 designed by Cecilia Elguero
Model Nadine Ammeraal catching the light in striped silk at our KULE “Trattoria
The Modern Cacio e Pepe T-Shirt

The Modern Cacio e Pepe T-Shirt

The Striped Ponza Silk Shirt

The Striped Ponza Silk Shirt

The Cacio e Pepe Kap

The Cacio e Pepe Kap

The Elba Pareo Silk Wrap

The Elba Pareo Silk Wrap

Sleeper Shearling Slides

Sleeper Shearling Slides

Nikki designed the pink group long before she knew pink would be on the cover of nearly every magazine. This multi-pocket colorblock fleece was a bestseller last Fall, so we brought it back in two different colorways for 2022
The Beanie Fleece Colorblock Jacket

The Beanie Fleece Colorblock Jacket

The Modern Striped T-Shirt

The Modern Striped T-Shirt

The Yale Sweater

The Yale Sweater

The Striped Rugby

The Striped Rugby

The Capucine Cardigan

The Capucine Cardigan

The Alvise Vest

The Alvise Vest

The Russell Cardigan

The Russell Cardigan

The Darcy Vest

The Darcy Vest

The Patch Rugby

The Patch Rugby

The Rugby

The Rugby

The Joey Polo Knit

The Joey Polo Knit

Models Nadine and Jelixza twinning on set. We loved pairing our models together to show how the same item can look two different ways
Our pink color palette and Nadine’s natural beauty are magnified by Summer Tran and Susie Lee’s makeup
More twinning! This time in checks, which are sprinkled throughout the Fall collection. We love patterns! And here, it’s perfectly paired with our new puffer wrap scarf
Here we style-out another chock-full-o-checker look in the KULE office kitchen (note the fridge) 😂
The Check Raleigh Sweatshirt

The Check Raleigh Sweatshirt

The Check Sweatpant

The Check Sweatpant

The Gigi Puffer Scarf

The Gigi Puffer Scarf

The Check Raleigh Sweatshirt

The Check Raleigh Sweatshirt

The All Over Check Tote

The All Over Check Tote

The Silk Mischa Check Scarf

The Silk Mischa Check Scarf

The Check Bucket Bag

The Check Bucket Bag

The Check Dress Sock

The Check Dress Sock

KULE Fall 2022 knee-high striped socks
Our new and incredibly fun knee socks
The socks also come in one of our feature colors for September: Forest Green. They’re styled here with our new jacket, which is a hybrid between a trench and a peacoat and perfect for layering
The Smile and Stripe Knee High Sock

The Smile and Stripe Knee High Sock

The Smile and Stripe Knee High Sock

The Smile and Stripe Knee High Sock

The Cosmo Peacoat

The Cosmo Peacoat

The Russell Cardigan

The Russell Cardigan

The Patch Rugby

The Patch Rugby

And finally: it’s corn! Nikki used corn as a theme in the Fall collection, coincidentally designed long before the viral Corn Kid 🌽.

Corn and checks: I can’t imagine a more beautiful thing 🌽 🎶
We even scored a jumbo corn stool, seen here in tow on the way to the photoshoot. We actually did a call out on Instagram to see who had one to lend just days before, and the KULE community came through 🌽

And if you haven’t seen our Corn video yet… you’re welcome.

The Corny Raleigh Sweatshirt

The Corny Raleigh Sweatshirt

The Corny Sock

The Corny Sock

Third Drawer Down Giant Corn Stool

Third Drawer Down Giant Corn Stool

Check out the full KULE Fall collection at KULE.com or any of our three stores to experience it in person 🍝 🌽 🏁 🍂.

Photographed by Mei Tao
Modeled by Nadine Ammeraal and Jelixza Reyes
Styled by Haesther Shnay assisted by Ariel Matluck
Set Design by Cecilia Elguero
Hair and makeup by Summer Tran assisted by Susie Lee

Setting up Shop in Montecito with Nikki Kule

We recently opened our third store – and the first on the West Coast – at the Montecito Country Mart! We’re excited to bring our signature stripes and smiles to California. In honor of the pop-up, Nikki takes us on a tour of The Mart, showing us her favorite places to shop, eat, and stroll. Read on to see what Nikki saw while setting up shop.

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Nikki at the KULE pop-up at Montecito Country Mart

Photographed by Meg Sandu

“I’ve always loved Montecito, especially the Montecito Country Mart, which is such a fun local mix of curated boutiques and fabulous food. I’ve been friends with [Country Mart developer] Jim Rosenfield and his wife Heather Rosenfield [owner of Poppy Marché, our new neighbor at the Mart] for a long time. KULE fits in perfectly with the retail community Montecito Country Mart has created.” – Nikki

Jim Rosenfield created Montecito Country MartBrentwood Country Mart, and Marin Country Mart. Nikki’s drawn to his aesthetic taste in creating, what she says, is a “shopping experience that feels more like a small village rather than a shopping center.” The curation of brands and restaurants is unique, which makes it a destination for all tourists and locals alike.

Jim in his home in Montecito
Jim Rosenfield in his home in Montecito
KULE montecito welcome sign
The KULE pop-up welcome sign at Montecito Country Mart

Some of Nikki’s favorite shops at the mart include Poppy Marché — founded by Jim’s wife Heather Rosenfield and her business partner, Jenny Belushi — a luxury children’s clothing store that carries the best brands from all over the world (including KULE!).

Heather Rosenfield and Nikki Kule at KULE Montecito Country Mart
Heather Rosenfield and Nikki at KULE’s Montecito Country Mart pop-up with their husbands and Heather’s son photo-bombing in the background 🤣
Poppy Marche and Montecito Country Mart wearing KULE
Poppy Marché at Montecito Country Mart — Miley and Alex are KULE stripe fans too 🙂

Another favorite of Nikki’s is Mate Gallery — founded by Matt Albiani and Ron Brand — which has vintage, textiles, out-of-print books, art, and home goods, all with a New England/East Coast vibe, but in California.

Montecito Mate Gallery
A colorful corner of shorts at Mate Gallery
Nikki found the very kule striped plates of course!

As for food — which Nikki says is a highlight at the mart — there are places you must visit. Her favorite restaurant is Bettina, owned by Rachel Greenspan and Brendan Smith (coincidentally, Rachel was KULE President Jim Kuerschner’s roommate for several years after college!). Nikki’s favorite place for morning coffee and lunch salads is Merci Montecito, created by acclaimed pastry chef Elizabeth Colling. Nikki says to order the cauliflower soup, which she had almost every day during her visit.

Bettina Montecito Nikki Kule
A visit to Bettina. Zoom in on that menu 🍕😋
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One of Nikki’s favorites at Merci Montecito: the cauliflower soup

Nikki came up with the store concept well before arriving, and Debora Cicchini — who works with Nikki on store designs and displays — sketched it out (which you’ll find on the wall in the shop 🙂). We used Montecito local contractor/surfer Justin Huntsman (of Justin Huntsman Construction), and Nikki went to local antique and thrift stores to decorate the shop.

KULE Montecito Debora Cicchini sketch of store
Debora Cicchini’s original sketch planning out KULE Montecito
KULE Montecito Justin Huntsman Construction team
Justin Huntsman (middle) of Justin Huntsman Construction with his crew who helped make the shop come to life
Nikki Kule set up at KULE Montecito
Nikki at KULE Montecito with knick-knacks on the floor during set up

On the final day of set-up, Kara Love — who heads the entire KULE retail team — lead the unpacking of the new KULE collection with which to fill the shop. Nikki and Debora hung all the knick-knacks and striped artwork by Tracy Morgan (who does prop design for KULE’s photoshoots!), and did the finishing touches. They ended the [very long] day with Negroni Spritzes from Bettina.

KULE Montecito photo from the 1970s
A photo Nikki found of LA in the 1970’s at a local Santa Barbara thrift shop
KULE Montecito knick knacks
Knick-knacks at the KULE Montecito shop include custom striped art by Tracy Morgan, and a portrait of the founder of Santa Barbara and wooden fish Nikki found at Summerland Antique Collective

Here are some of the KULE items Nikki packed for her week in Montecito:

The Finn

The Finn

The Baja Featherweight Tee

The Baja Featherweight Tee

The Alix of Bohemia Raleigh

The Alix of Bohemia Raleigh

The Gingham Wayne Knit Scarf

The Gingham Wayne Knit Scarf

The Modern White

The Modern White

The Suki Pant

The Suki Pant

The Louise Cardigan

The Louise Cardigan

The Baja Featherweight Tee

The Baja Featherweight Tee

The Modern Cream

The Modern Cream

… along with what she styled them with:

Loewe Woven Basket Bag

Loewe Woven Basket Bag

Nanushka Sandals

Nanushka Sandals

Totême Barrel Jeans

Totême Barrel Jeans

Thierry Lasry Sunglasses

Thierry Lasry Sunglasses

SCHA Bucket Hat

SCHA Bucket Hat

K. Jacques Sandals

K. Jacques Sandals

Another highlight of her trip was finally meeting Dewey Nicks — photographer, film director, and friend of KULE — in person at the Birnam Wood Montecito Country Club. Nikki also loved visiting Lotusland — a non-profit, 37-acre botanical garden (once owned by the late Madame Ganna Walska) with unique gardens — with Heather Rosenfield. She also had the opportunity to visit Raoul’s Textiles Store in Santa Barbara and meet its founder, Sally McQuillan.

Nikki Kule and Dewey Nicks
Nikki with Dewey Nicks, both in KULE 🙂
Lotusland Montecito
Lotusland, Montecito
Raoul's Textile Store Montecito
Sally McQuillan’s studio in Raoul’s Textile Store

Nikki and our entire KULE team are so excited to be at the Montecito Country Mart, and we hope you’ll stop by soon and see this beautiful happy corner of California 🙂 🌴.

kule montecito pop-up
The KULE pop-up at Montecito Country Mart is located at 1014G Coast Village Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108

A KULE Guide to the Best Cacio e Pepe in NYC

We’re big fans of cacio e pepe at KULE, hence the Cacio e Pepe tee from our new July capsule. While cacio e pepe is a fairly simple dish (it really only has three ingredients), there’s nothing like a classic that is done perfectly. Just like a tee 😉! We rounded up our standout spots in NYC to go for the best plate — with Nikki’s own personal favorites — and wanted to share the delicious secrets! So read on, and grab a fork… and a tee 🍝.

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New KULE Cacio e Pepe tee worn with the new black Syd blazer

Photographed by Mei Tao
The Modern Cacio e Pepe

The Modern Cacio e Pepe

The Cacio e Pepe Kap (coming soon)

The Cacio e Pepe Kap (coming soon)

Nikki’s favorite places to get cacio e pepe are I Sodi and Sant Ambroeus. I Sodi’s cacio e pepe is a classic spaghetti with black pepper and pecorino. A comfort dish made classically perfect. Owner Rita Sodi says it’s her most popular pasta dish. Sant Ambroeus (which has multiple locations, but only some offer cacio e pepe, so check first!) uses a tonnarelli pasta — which is thicker than a spaghetti and has square edges instead of round — great for a perfect coating of aged pecorino romano and fresh ground pepper.

Altro Paradiso is a fan favorite (and a popular place to snap a food pic). Unlike the traditional cacio e pepe preparation, theirs uses giant thick and hollow candele noodles, great for the cheese to get into. You may even need a knife with this dish.

At Piccola Cucina — which has three locations in New York (one of which is dangerously close to KULE’s office) — your pasta comes right to the table in a giant pecorino wheel, from which the server plates for you. So, you know it has a good amount of cacio.

Lupa on Thompson — a NY-famous Roman osteria — is widely known for its cacio e pepe, something you’re basically required to order when you go. It’s made with a thinner “bavette” noodle, so there’s a delightful cacio/pepe to pasta ratio.

Via Carota is a well-known and much loved trattoria in Greenwich Village. Their cacio e pepe dish is piled high with cheese, and they use a tonnarelli noodle. If you can get a table, this is top place for a plate.

The rigatoni cacio e pepe at Charlie Bird seems to only be on the lunch menu (there’s a traditional spaghetti version on the dinner one), but if you’re a cacio e pepe connoisseur, you should head there midday to try it. The flavors cover the grooves and openings of the pasta, making every single bite a treat.

La Pecora Bianca — which has six locations around NYC — uses bucatini noodles with their cacio e pepe. Bucatini is a hollow spaghetti, so it makes hidden nooks of cheese the same way rigatoni does, but with the joyful fork twirl of any long noodle. They also have a cacio e pepe fritter appetizer on their menu, if you want a full course cacio e pepe meal.

Are you hungry yet? 🍝 

kule cacio e pepe gif logo

Nikki’s Greece Travel Diary: Filled with Sights, Seafood and Stripes

Nikki’s love for travel stems from living abroad, visiting places for work, exploring with family and friends, and searching for inspiration. She recently went to Greece for the second time, and came back with memorable stories, experiences of great sights and food, and — lucky for us — travel tips and recommendations! Read on to see everything from her trip, including how she packed, the amazing places she went, and of course, the best spots to eat.

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Nikki exploring in Mykonos wearing KULE Silk Ponza shirt and Silk Elba Pareo (new for July!).

Nikki went to Greece with some of her family and friends. She spent a week in Mykonos followed by a week traveling to different islands. Between touring on foot, swimming, and dining, Nikki packed only what she knew she would wear. That included swimsuits, caftans or loose fitting dresses, pareos for the beach, flat sandals, and some workout wear.

Nikki says that slippery leather or plastic sole sandals aren’t easy to wear on the cobblestones in Greece, and recommends packing sandals that won’t slip and slide, like these from The Row, which she wore the most on her trip.
“I like challenging myself to wear every single thing I pack and I think I only didn’t wear two things. I wore a lot of Greece-appropriate white and blue, plus some of our colorful KULE items like the crochet Harmonie.” – Nikki
KULE Harmonie

KULE Harmonie

The Row Sandals

The Row Sandals

Isabel Marant Étoile Pants

Isabel Marant Étoile Pants

Prada Raffia Tote

Prada Raffia Tote

Jacquemus Hat

Jacquemus Hat

The Row x Oliver Peoples Sunglasses

The Row x Oliver Peoples Sunglasses

The Silk Ponza

The Silk Ponza

The Silk Elba Pareo

The Silk Elba Pareo

Eres Swimsuit

Eres Swimsuit

Sophie Buhai Earrings

Sophie Buhai Earrings

Hermès Sandals

Hermès Sandals

Bottega Veneta Pouch

Bottega Veneta Pouch

The Row x Oliver People Sunglasses

The Row x Oliver People Sunglasses

As for the food, Nikki says it’s the best. The seafood was a highlight, as everything is so fresh. One of her favorite restaurants was Spilia in Mykonos located on a rock, carved out in the water. You can go by boat to have the freshest seafood.

“Spilia in Mykonos is a restaurant on a rock, carved out in the water. You can go by boat to have the freshest seafood.” – Nikki
At the beach club near Spilia.

“I’m not a dress person, but I really felt they were so much easier and fit the island/beach vibe. I love this one by Bode. I also packed a floral one by Michael Kors, a green one by Lemaire, and a crochet one by Auralee” – Nikki

Nikki describes Mykonos as one big party and says that all the restaurants have music playing as you eat. There are plenty of nightclubs — her favorite being Scorpios — that are so fun and unlike anywhere else.

“I was at Mykonos for a week. It is a big party. All the restaurants have music playing as you eat. It’s so fun and unlike anywhere else.” – Nikki
“I wore a lot of pareos (I love KULE’s new striped silk one, Lisa Corti, and Totême) tunics, caftans, and dresses. It’s easy to wear them over swimsuits, my favorite of which are by Eres. The striped caftan I’m wearing here is by MIKOH. Sarah Clary turned me onto the brand. I cannot resist a stripe.” – Nikki
“Look at the size of the prawns! The size and freshness of the seafood was amazing.” – Nikki
“This is at Nammos in Mykonos for dinner. It’s a very cool vibe with a tranquil setting in the sand. We went with a big group, but it is also very romantic.” – Nikki

On the other islands, it was more about the scenery and serenity. The picturesque sights are incredible, with vibrant colors and crystal-clear waters.

“I loved Paros. It’s a port city that’s very young, vibrant, and fun.” – Nikki
“This is a cove in Polyaigos. I loved being in the water. We did paddle boarding and water skiing a lot. The waters are so beautiful and clear.” – Nikki

As for shopping Nikki says, “I got a pareo and a striped cover-up — go figure!” Other than that, she didn’t really shop. She says it’s mostly about the water and beaches, food, and exploring.

A specific spot Nikki loved and recommends going to — from the idyllic setting, to the architecture, design, and the views — is The Rooster in Antiparos. It was a perfect finale for her trip.

Featuring one of the views at The Rooster in Antiparos.
“The Rooster is in Antiparos, one of the most secluded islands in Greece. It’s so serene.” – Nikki

Until the next trip! Antio sas! 🇬🇷

A Very KULE Pride Party

Last week, we hosted a party at our Brooklyn store in celebration of Pride Month. We invited customers and friends of the brand to celebrate together with sips and snacks, rainbow tees and LOVE. If you missed the invite or couldn’t come, you can still shop the KULE Pride collection online! We are donating 20% of the sales from our event and Pride products to Ali Forney Center, the largest organization dedicated to LGBTQ+ homeless youth in the country.

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The KULE team dressed in the KULE Pride tee and rainbow colors

The KULE Brooklyn store has a beautiful backyard with tons of greenery and seating, perfect for our Pride Party, where guests gathered for the evening.

We are donating 20% of sales from the evening to @aliforneycenter, the largest organization dedicated to LGBTQ+ homeless youth in the country.

We listened and danced to a curated playlist by Gabe Benzur, sipped on Mezcal Margaritas, and, as you’d expect, dressed for the occasion.

Elizabeth wearing a striped KULE set and a vintage blazer.
Little Hannah wearing the Rainbow Charley tee.
The Modern Pride

The Modern Pride

The Women's Pride Sock

The Women's Pride Sock

The Archie Pride

The Archie Pride

The Men's Pride Sock

The Men's Pride Sock

We gathered with longtime friends…

kule pride party 2022 brooklyn long time friends
Anthony, Jonathan, Jim, Reed

And new friends…

kule pride party 2022 brooklyn new friends
Morgan, Diamond, Kara, Aysleigh, and Clay

And friends who coordinate stripes 🙂

kule pride party 2022 brooklyn nick and arielle
Nick and Arielle

We always welcome furry friends, too.

kule pride party 2022 brooklyn dogs

A very kule evening with stripes, rainbows, smiles, and lots of Pride.

kule pride 2022 friends in backyard

To come to our next event, make sure to be signed up for KULE emails and follow us on Instagram!

kule brooklyn store at pride event 2022
KULE Brooklyn

Photos by Dan Li 📸.