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Kate in Montecito

Kate McMahon has returned to the Montecito retail scene with Kate, a design studio located  at 1145-C Coast Village Road. “It’s the ideal time in my life for this new venture,” she says. “With grown kids, and a short break from retail, I’ve refined my vision, with a focus on handmade knit sweaters, ponchos and accessories.




For decades, Kate McMahon had been a fashion fixture on Coast Village Road. After closing up shop several years ago, she recently decided to re-enter the Montecito retail scene, creating timeless handmade knit sweaters that never go out of style. The studio is used as a space to work on her designs, meet with clients and connect with friends.

McMahon says that her clients are interested in quality artisan goods that are made locally. She also displays an ever-changing selection of accessories that include Beek leather sandals handmade in Mexico, woven and leather handbags, unique jewelry and seasonal scarves that blend well with her signature pieces.





The sweaters are hand knit by McMahon and a knitter that has worked with her for many years. They’re available in a variety of styles, from V-neck, crew and even baby sweaters. Light-weight, hand stitched ponchos, blankets and hats are sourced from alpaca from Peru, cashmere from Mongolia and cotton from Greece. Clients can also order custom sweaters with a lead time of about 4-8 weeks for special orders.

“My collection is subtle and simple but luxurious and designed to fit well,” Kate states. The studio is upstairs from clothing store Civilianaire and popular restaurant, Tre Lune.

STORE HOURS are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m, Tuesday through Saturday.



 1145-C Coast Village Road, Montecito, CA / 805.698.7509 /



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