Season after season, Stratton’s design ethos has demonstrated how forward yet timeless creations of graceful, structured pieces can become progressive, modern classics. He produces his luxurious made-to-measure clothing line and handbags in the United States. Superior in both design and fit than ordinary ready-to-wear, each made-to-measure garment is constructed to fit the client individually. After her measurements are taken, they are then paired with an existing base pattern of equivalent size and altered to create a new pattern from which to construct the custom garment; the result is a well-fitted product, created in the client's chosen textiles. The usual time-frame for made-to-measure clothing is approximately three weeks.
Following his success at Barneys, Stratton interned for four months with the international house of Carolina Herrera before landing a two-year stint at Albert Nipon as head design assistant. When the company folded, Stratton decided to once again venture out on his own. His Fall 1992 line of chic day dresses in sumptuous wools and silks earned him an article in WWD as a promising young talent. Henri Bendel and a few specialty boutiques carried the line. He then began generating a number of private clients who were seeking one-of-a-kind designs.
In 1998, Stratton was hired by Mary McFadden Suits to revamp their Fall 1998 collection, and to design their Spring 1999 line. He followed this experience with his first runway show at Boylan Studios during the Spring 1999 collections. The following season, in April 1999, Stratton was invited to participate in the South of Seventh shows, a venue for new talent, where he showed his Fall collection. Henri Bendel and several boutiques carried this well-received line. Stratton’s Fall 2001 collection received much positive attention and earned him another piece in WWD.
In October 2003, Stratton was invited to join the Soho concept shop 30 Vandam, a cooperative venue for designers to present and sell their collections each season with complete creative freedom. His seasonal collections at 30 Vandam have garnered attention in W, WWD, Paper, and The New York Times. He also appeared as the subject of an article about style and design in the Sunday edition of The New York Post.
In May 2005, Stratton was chosen to present a runway show at the 20th anniversary event for the International Black Film Festival in Berlin, Germany. This show garnered much attention throughout the European film community and received local press coverage. Stratton has also worked as a freelance fashion consultant and has created clothing for a number of charity fashion shows, including the Boston Ballet, the Junior League, Boys’ Town of Italy, and the Loisada Project, a New York City charity for children. He has also furnished Sotheby’s with dresses for several jewelry and rare-gem auctions.
Stratton continues to produce small seasonal collections, and has a number of private clients, including a few high-profile names, for whom he regularly designs. In 2008, he joined the faculty of FIT as a counselor to design students in their Internship Center.
PETER GEORGOTAS, Chief Executive Officer
Peter hails from the cosmetics world and joined Stratton and Co. after meeting Stratton at a New York Fashion Week planning event. Inspired by Stratton’s history, vision and attention to detail, Peter assembled a management team of industry leaders to tell the Stratton and Co. story, and introduce the brand to a broader audience.
Peter grew up in the New York metropolitan area and has been a lifelong entrepreneur. He has studied at Universities both in the US and Europe including University of Richmond, Harvard’s Negotiations Program and the American College of Greece. During his years in Europe, he worked in a number of industries including foreign-service, currency trading and shipping where he served as the Investor Relations Officer for a $4.5billion publically traded shipping company. In 2009, Peter returned to the US to launch Greek brand Glamorous Cosmetics in North and South American and worldwide through the website before ultimately taking majority ownership of the company and serving as its chief executive.
KYLE HARDER, Chief Operating Officer
Kyle is a New York based artist who began her career in Women’s Wear Design while studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology. After meeting Stratton and viewing his collection of desk-to-dinner clothing, she was immediately inspired to assist the brand in reaching a broader audience. Her sensibility is very much aligned with Stratton’s design aesthetic. Kyle has worked in both the corporate and freelance markets for brands like Rocawear, Bill Blass New York, Thuy and Make Up For Ever.
From costume design, to hair, make up and accessories, Kyle is consumed by the endless transformative possibilities of fantasy, glamour and beauty. She continues working as a wardrobe, hair and makeup artist on multiple TV shows and films, including A&E, MTV, CBS, the Today Show, The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Fashion Week, and for numerous private clients. Kyle continues to learn and be inspired by her surroundings each day.
MATTHEW KIBILDIS, Director of Online Sales
Matthew first met Stratton at a dinner party and was so impressed by Stratton’s charisma, design aesthetic and focus on elegant materials and handcrafted high-quality craftsmanship that he felt he could lend his computer knowledge to help launch an online presence for the brand.
Matthew originally hails from Pennsylvania and attended the University of Scranton where he received a B.S. in Computer Engineering. He works as a consultant and Information Technology Manager for several businesses in New York City, California, London, and Hong Kong; from a diverse range, including fashion designers, interior designers, financial advisors, and non-profit organizations.