Mary Kunkel

Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder

As our Chief Creative Officer, Mary leads the design of our timeless modest dresses. She develops our first prototypes, which we bring to our pattern maker who creates the technical specifications for production.

As a professional paralegal, Mary is also responsible for filing our trademarks and establishing our legal structure as a company. Mary has worked for the law firms of Middleton Reutlinger, Pepper Hamilton, LLP, and Wood, Herron & Evans, LLP. She earned her bachelor’s of science in paralegal studies from the University of Cincinnati.

Why did you found Paris Bloom?

You know that crushed feeling you get when you’re out shopping, encounter an adorable dress, try it on, but have to return it to the rack because it shows way more skin than you’re comfortable showing? Eliminating that feeling from my life is a goal of mine. Plus, since we think Paris Bloom dresses are pretty darn cute, we figured it would be nice of us to share them with everyone else!

What Paris Bloom Brand Promise are you most passionate about?

I am passionate about all of our Brand Promises! If I had to pick though, it would be Ethically Made (every worker deserves to be treated well) and Quality Composed (it’s a necessity for my clothes to be able to survive the washing machine).

Who is your favorite style icon?

Kate Middleton or Grace Kelly.

What is your favorite item in your closet?

Red shoes. You’d be surprised how many things they go with. And they add spunk to an otherwise plain outfit.

What do you do for fun?

I absolutely love to find a good podcast, pour a glass of red wine and knit. It is so relaxing. I also love going to concerts.

Mary Kunkel, Chief Creative Director and Co-Founder