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Michael Kors talks about Big Sur, In-N-Out burgers and selling to the suburbs

January 14, 2011 |  6:41 pm

KorsHaving dinner with Michael Kors is like having dinner with Auntie Mame. You know nobody is going to be at a loss for words or laughs.

Over hamburgers and vodkas a few nights before his spring runway show last September, he was full of quotable quotes.

On his spring collection: “It’s all about the anti-stiletto and the anti-tight dress. I can’t stand to see one more warrior” woman.

His favorite getaway: “We’ve gone to Big Sur three times in the last year and a half. For as much of a city boy as I am, nothing beats nature and luxury combined. We get no reception!”

And his dream designer collaboration: “I want a deal with In-N-Out Burger — to do a special sauce or a wrapper. I’m horseradish-obsessed!”

It’s shaping up to be quite a year for Kors, who is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his business. While the recession has caused many designers to scale back, Kors is in expansion mode. By the end of 2011, he expects to have 200 of his own boutiques worldwide, including his first in Paris, on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, in addition to the 1,000 department and specialty stores that already sell his clothing and accessories. And his company is on track to hit $1 billion in sales.

Then there's "Project Runway"...

To read more of my Kors profile running in Sunday's Image section, click here.

--Booth Moore

Photo: Fashion designer Michael Kors began his career at age 19 and launched his own line of clothing in 1981. Kors is based in New York. Credit: Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times.