The Ultimate Workspace Inspiration, Courtesy of Your Favorite Fashion Designers

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The Ultimate Workspace Inspiration, Courtesy of Your Favorite Fashion Designers
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Gone are the days of the cookie-cutter cubicle and the generic, coffee-stained carpet. With the rise of online start-ups and an increasingly aesthetically minded workforce (thanks, Instagram!), companies are investing in design that broadcasts their brand and draws in the best talent.

Finding inspiration and executing slick design hasn’t always been so simple, however—a fact that frustrated Gilt Groupe founder Kevin Ryan throughout his years as a serial entrepreneur and inspired him to found Kontor, a new platform for commercial design and workspace interiors, along with eBay alum Mia Lewin.

“It’s really hard to find inspiration and find the right firms to work with,” says Lewin, Kontor’s chief executive officer. “When you’re doing product choices, it tends to be very analog—visiting a lot of different showrooms, etcetera. With the growth of Pinterest and Houzz, [Ryan] basically was wondering if there was a better way to bring the whole network into one digital umbrella, and he reached out to me.”

Now live and boasting the largest database of office design from all over the world, the site is a treasure trove for architecture pros and voyeuristic design fans alike.

When deciding which companies to include, “we were very self-consciously trying to select offices that were very different from one another,” says William Hanley, Kontor’s vice president of strategic partnerships and editorial director. “The one thing that runs through all of them is the sense that the space not only represents the design that the brand produces, but also creates a space for the people who actually work on said design.” Fashion brands that made the cut include Kate Spade New York, whose bright and peppy office is as instantly recognizable as its quirky accessories, and SSENSE, the Montreal-based e-commerce mecca whose minimal, black-and-white aesthetic has been translated into a modern space filled with marble and glass.

Click through the slideshow to take a peek behind the scenes of some of our favorite fashion companies, and learn what sets their offices apart from the pack—aside from super stylish employees, that is.

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Kate Spade and Jack Spade designed by Design Republic

"Crisp color, graphic prints, and playful sophistication are the hallmarks of Kate Spade New York. So when Design Republic set out to design the showroom and offices for the brand and its sister label, Jack Spade, a colorful palette and distinctive graphics were key."

Photo: Frank Oudeman via Kontor

Kate Spade and Jack Spade designed by Design Republic

Photo: Frank Oudeman via Kontor

Kate Spade and Jack Spade designed by Design Republic

Photo: Frank Oudeman via Kontor

Nasty Gal designed by Bestor Architecture

"Nasty Gal originated as an eBay store selling a selection of vintage pieces that has since grown into a global online clothing empire for fashion-forward trendsetters. For its expansive downtown L.A. headquarters, Bestor Architecture designed a modern space that incorporates the funky, vintage character that the brand has remained known and loved for."

Photo: Laure Joliet via Kontor

Nasty Gal designed by Bestor Architecture

Photo: Laure Joliet via Kontor

Nasty Gal designed by Bestor Architecture

Photo: Laure Joliet via Kontor

Kit and Ace designed by Evoke International Design

"New lifestyle apparel company Kit and Ace found its home in a 100-year-old heritage building in Vancouver. Evoke International Design created a space that complements the existing building elements while adding contemporary elements in line with the forward-thinking company."

Photo: Janis Nicolay via Kontor

Kit and Ace designed by Evoke International Design

Photo: Janis Nicolay via Kontor

Kit and Ace designed by Evoke International Design

Photo: Janis Nicolay via Kontor

Louis Vuitton Showroom designed by ikon.5 Architects

"At the Louis Vuitton Showroom, located above the New York flagship store, the iconic brand’s timeless patterns and products take center stage. ikon.5 Architects used bright white surfaces to maximize light and a minimal palette inspired by the Louis Vuitton design tradition."

Photo: ikon.5 architects via Kontor

Louis Vuitton Showroom designed by ikon.5 Architects

Photo: ikon.5 architects via Kontor

Louis Vuitton Showroom designed by ikon.5 Architects

Photo: Photo by ikon.5 architects via Kontor

SSENSE designed by Huma Design

"Both creative and avant-garde in their use of digital retail, Ssense was looking for an office space that suited its personality—edgy, contemporary, and luxurious. HUMA Design transformed a former textile factory into a modern, minimalist haven reflective of the brand’s style and values. "

Photo: Adrien Williams via Kontor

SSENSE designed by Huma Design

Photo: Adrien Williams via Kontor

SSENSE designed by Huma Design

Photo: Adrien Williams via Kontor

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