NEW YORK, Apr 16, 2009 / FW/ — To movie buffs, Serpico is movie with Al Pacino in the starring role as an honest New York City cop. To Chicago fashionista, Serpico is a modern clothing line designed by Melissa Serpico Kamhout.
A graduate of from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Melissa Serpico Kamhout began her career in the field of graphic design. But, her real love is fashion, so following matriculation from Loyola University she returned to school to pursue her unquestionable passion for clothing design.
Achieving recognition for her talents throughout her studies, she was awarded the SAIC Marshall Field’s Perry Ellis Award in 2005, followed by the The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation’s Award for excellence in fashion at its annual fashion show in 2006.
Upon graduation in May, 2006, Melissa immediately embarked on starting her own clothing line SERPICO, debuting her first collection for Fall of 2007.
In November 2008, the first SERPICO boutique opened in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago. With the design studio attached, experimental and one-of-a-kind pieces are available along with the current SERPICO collection and special edition pieces made only for the boutique.
Inspired by the linear quality and spatial integrity of modern and classical architecture as well as modern art and film, the SERPICO collection encompasses the bold, assertive and resolute woman that it drapes. Transcendent of time and boundlessly continental, the collection embraces the able, artful and astute contemporary woman.
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