Kay Cohen sells Cremorne home

Kay Cohen sells Cremorne home
Kay Cohen sells Cremorne home

The fashion designer Kay Cohen, who has more than 30 years' experience in the lingerie industry, has sold her Cremorne home. 

Cohen has been a leader in the design of lingerie brands, most notably as general manager of creative director of Elle Macpherson's label Elle Macpherson Intimates.

She is also the inventor of the Biofit uplift bra which featured model Sophie Monk for its launch. Cohen was raised on a farm in New Zealand where she attended Wellington Polytechnic majoring in clothing and textile design. After graduation, she became a lecturer at the school instructing fellow Australian fashion designer Collette Dinnigan

Richard Simeon at Simeon Manners Property had a price guide of between $5.8 million and $6 million for the tri-level, Phil Corben 1999-designed home.

It sits on a 500 sqm near waterfront parcel with views over Middle Harbour from the numerous Tuscan-style alfresco dining areas and balconies.

The home has four bedrooms, a 1000 bottle, fully fitted wine cellar and a home office adjacent to the top floor master retreat which features its own private roof terrace. 

There's also a salt water pool which sits beside the treelined terrace gardens that were installed by Annie Wilkes.

Cohen bought well at $3.8 million in 2009 after it was initially listed with ambitious $5 million hopes.

It had previously traded at $4.51 million in 2004.

She previously resided on Woolloomooloo Wharf.

The New Zealand born designer was last in the fashion headlines when she launched the Silent Assembly lingerie brand in 2014, using technology she suggested would make uncomfortable underwire a thing of the past.

"Curvessence" is a polymer composite with a 3D support shape designed to remember the wearer's shape over time, so it doesn't bend out of shape and dig into ribcages, as underwire often does.

Cohen, who founded luxury lingerie label Pleasure State in 2004, created Silent Assembly as a premium line with the finest French laces and Italian fabrics.

Cohen also launched a lounge wear add-on called Pleasurewear, which includes cotton-cashmere blend cardigans, singlets and culottes.

The Pleasure State lingerie label was started with business partner Justin Davis-Rice. 

In 1997 Cohen was appointed group general manager of brands for the New Zealand lingerie group Bendon where she made her name in the creative direction of Elle Macpherson's lingerie label, Elle Macpherson Intimates.

According to CoreLogic, the median house price in Cremorne is $2.1 million. 

This article was first published in the Saturday Daily Telegraph.




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