Some words about INA KESS...

INA KESS is a Swiss sports lifestyle brand established by the sisters Katharina and Isabelle Staub in Zurich in 2015.

Initially sparked by a vision to make beautiful, functional sports clothes, today the brand creates a timeless, modern capsule collection for the active woman’s lifestyle. The unique appeal of INA KESS design lies in a commitment to creating effortlessly wearable wardrobe pieces. We were born out of a love for strong tailoring, beautiful fabrics and statement-making simplicity.

 All designs and patterns are developed in our Studio in Zurich, before going to our manufacturers in Portugal and Lithuania. 

 

“Our goal is to enable women to feel like they’re wearing comfortable sports clothes, yet to look flawless and be ready for anything. Because that is what life demands in today’s fast-moving world.”  Katharina Staub, Founder of INA KESS

INA KESS is represented in exclusive boutiques across Europe and has its own beautiful INA KESS Studio+Store in Zurich.


OUR TEAM

We are a family of strong, passionate women with a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities who have planted roots in Zurich. Our office is a collaborative creative studio space that encourages the input of the whole team. We’re a forward-thinking brand and we love to push creative boundaries.

The INA KESS team in front of its Studio in Zurich.

Together, we aim to meet the real needs of women. Our one key focus? It’s you, our customer, and how we can best fulfill your needs. Each piece we create must rate 100% positive on our customer test…. Is it comfortable? Is it functional? Is it beautiful? Do you need it? Can you wear it anywhere, anytime?

We planted our own garden just in front of the Studio with apple trees, vegetables and some beautiful pink flowers. It is a home to the bees from the neighbourhood, a playground for Barney and inspires us daily with all the miracles that nature creates.

Yvonne owns an haute couture atelier in Zurich and is an experienced tailor and pattern maker. She draws all our patterns by hand and sews our samples. On the picture she is working together with Katharina on a new pattern for pants.

 

BARNEY, THE CAT

Barney, our office cat and muse joined our team a few years ago. He is an older gentleman, who is very sweet and smart and loves his food…but be warned he can become a little angry if his boundaries are not respected :)

Barney, our cat, loves to be part of the daily life at INA KESS. 


INA KESS STUDIO + STORE

In our design Studio, we create and develop each design from scratch. It is a great space for inspiration, creating and expanding ideas from sketches and developing patterns and 3D samples. Only after a design has been elaborated and tested, the color approved, and the material worn under extreme conditions, will we start our development process in our factories in Portugal.  Our body shirt was tested on a 12km run!

It is vital for us as a brand to have a strong connection with our customers. This was our key reason for creating our Studio, a space where both our team and customers could meet; a place where everything can happen together. Not only is it a studio for supporting our teams’ creative outputs, but it is also a space to host customer visits, new collection launches, birthday celebrations and retail therapy.

Barney loves to stroll around in front of the Studio.

It is vital for us as a brand to have a strong connection with our customers. This was our key reason for creating our Studio, a space where both our team and customers could meet; a place where everything can happen together. Not only is it a studio for supporting our teams’ creative outputs, but it is also a space to host customer visits, new collection launches, birthday celebrations and retail therapy.

This year, we created a garden which has brought nature into our office with fresh vegetables, fruits, plants and trees. It was another milestone in creating the unique environment for the INA KESS family.

We have transformed this area into a friendly space that feels like home for all of us.

The INA KESS Studio+Store feels like home to us and we hope you feel the same whenever you visit.

We are open for you during weekdays from 8:30 -19:00.

Subtle colours and cozy elements make our Studio particularly friendly. We love to combine vintage pieces with a modern, sleek look. 

 

MADE IN EUROPE

Our entire collection is produced in Europe, mainly Portugal. Our manufacturers are all family-owned businesses who understand our commitment to quality and sustainability. It is such a rewarding experience to have strong working relationships with all our partners, who have been so vital in helping us develop the brand.

Katharina has undertaken many trips to Portugal to find the best partners. Here she is at one of our factories in the north of Portugal, about one hour from Porto.

 

OUR FABRICS, YOUR SECOND SKIN

Our mission is to use only functional fabrics that are breathable, lightweight, quick-dry and have a lot of stretch. We use only the best fabrics from Italy, Switzerland, France and Portugal. We test them thoroughly to make sure that, aside from being functional, they also feel incredibly good, are easy to look after and will last a lifetime. When you try on an INA KESS piece, we want you to experience the comfort and quality of the style and fabric. But most of all, to feel like you never want to take it off again :)

 

So, that was a lot of information about us! Feel welcome to visit us anytime in person in our Studio in Zurich, subscribe to our Newsletter or follow us on Instagram to stay up to date with the latest news.

Thank you for following our journey.

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