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Kim Wears: Silver hoop earrings; Dolce & Gabbana white button-down shirt; Elsa Paretti cuff, Tiffany & Co.; Robert Rodriguez leather pencil skirt, Neiman Marcus, Westfield Garden State Plaza; suede pumps, Banana Republic (Photo by Chris Marksbury)
Posted: Monday December 10, 2012, 4:13 PM
By Heather Zwain - (201) Magazine

Kim Baker favors clothing with clean lines and simple shapes and prefers solids to prints. "I love to jazz up an outfit with accessories," she says, "whether it's a bag, scarf or shoes.

"Everything in my wardrobe is pretty much classic, and I would never wear anything uncomfortable."

Baker describes her style as classic with an edge.

"I love texture more than I like prints," she says. "Whether it's leather, suede, fur or metals in jewelry, that's where I add an edge to my outfits, or I incorporate a current trend.

"I like how you can get high-end clothing and boutique pieces all in Bergen County," she says. "It's a great combination."

Baker has been an interior designer at her business, Kensington Design, working in the New York metropolitan area for the past 13 years. She describes her design aesthetic the same way she describes her personal style.

"I start with clean and simple basics when I'm decorating," she says, "then I add art, accessories and trendy pieces to add warmth and pull the look together."

She began her career in her teens and worked throughout her 20s as a Ford model.

"Being in the fashion industry, modeling and having the opportunity to travel gave me an appreciation for design in general," Baker says. "Having the early exposure to fashion has influenced my design aesthetic."

Baker continued her education at the New York School of Interior Design after earning her degree in fine arts from New York University.

After a year-long battle with triple negative breast cancer, Baker is looking forward to the future in all aspects of her life. She is excited about plans for an arts and accessories business, which will work in sync with her design business. She also plans on working with the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation.

"I am looking forward to the new year," she says.

Baker was born in England and spent the majority of her childhood there. She moved to Ridgewood during her high school years, traveled back and forth to Europe, and has lived in Wyckoff for the past 15 years.

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