Catherine Carter Hite
Instead of being trend-driven, Catherine Carter Hite concentrates on producing unique and timeless reinterpretations of classic garments, with a focus on the importance of good construction and fit. By combining these elements with new technologies, such as laser cutting and digital printing (featuring only original prints), she is able to stay true to her classic aesthetic while also capturing an element of intrigue. The line, geared towards Texas women, is comprised of fabrics specifically selected for the local climate.
Catherine Hite, a proud Austinite, told her family at age 3 that she wanted to be a fashion designer and, decades later, she has yet to change her mind.
She first started on her career path by earning a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, in Fashion Design from Washington University in St. Louis. Shortly after graduating, she moved to New York City and spent two-and-a-half years working at Diane von Furstenberg, where she learned the ins-and-outs of production and product development.
A trip home, and a decision to more directly engage her creative mind, brought Ms. Hite back to Austin, full-time, with the notion of starting her own, locally based, women’s ready-to-wear line. A chance encounter at AFW 2012 laid the groundwork for the eventual launch of Catherine Carter Hite, the line. This fortuitous meeting led her to find a group of supportive mentors who encouraged her to pursue both of her desires: to be a fashion designer and to stay in Austin. In 2013, Ms. Hite was selected to debut her line (and first collection) as part of the AFW Runway.