Fashion designer and consultant, Phillia Kim Downs, is the founder of two successful clothing lines: pH by phillia, her boutique collections and pH new york, her DIY line. Both lines are sold in select cities across the nation and have appeared in Nylon, Teen Vogue, BUST, The NY Times, The Washington Post, TimeOut, New York Magazine, on MTV, VH1, and much more. pH has worked with celebrities such as Sean Connery, Andie MacDowell, Jennifer Hudson, Kellie Pickler, Ed Westwick, music artist Lenka, Project Runway's Kara Janx, and world-renowned celebrity photographers Mark Abrahams, Kenneth Cappello and Richard Corman. She has also worked side-by-side with VH1, Sony/BMG, on Bloomingdale's HOT ROCKS Music Campaign and more. She continues to teach at NYC's renowned Fashion Institue of Technology, as well as her popular fashion workshop to aspiring fashion designers, "How To Start a Clothing Line". pH also provides personal one-on-one consultation services to help design and develop a wide range of clothing and accessory lines.
pH new york was conceived in the Fall of 2005 after Downs designed and made her own wedding dress with the help of her mother-in-law for the price of $50. With encouragement from family and friends, and a sewing machine for a birthday present, Phillia started making her own bags and accessories with her best friend Nanako Mori. This led to an opportunity to show and was followed by a whole slew of fashion-it girls swooping up what was next. pH by phillia was launched during Olympus Fashion Week, September 2007, through a fashion benefit/silent auction event that Downs organized for non-profit organization, Liberty in North Korea. 100% of the proceeds were donated to LINK, which supports North Korean refugees living in China.
A spiritual journey of self-discovery has led Phillia to her true destiny -- to be an artist, a humanitarian and a big dreamer in this lifetime! With intentions of becoming a doctor, Phillia received her B.S. in Cell Biology and Genetics. She enjoyed part-time work as a therapist for autistic children before settling into a position in cancer research for several years. Feeling the need to fill a void in her life with creativity, she took a local sewing class that changed her life and the rest is history.
pH supports non-profit organizations Liberty in North Korea, Saigon Children's Charity, Girls for Gender Equity, St. Jude Foundation, Greenpeace, The One Campaign, Project ALS and more.