In 1983, KD dids 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. Leading dancers in New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov and his dance partner, Gelsey Kirkland, were frequent customers.
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... (more)