Needle & Black (formerly Red Shoe Clothing, Co.) is the playground for Minneapolis design maven, Kerry Riley. While studying in London at the American Intercontinental University, Riley worked under legendary British designer Zandra Rhodes. After completing her BA in Apparel Design in 2001, Riley honed her skills as an assistant designer/patternmaker at one of the leading dancewear companies in the country, Satin Stitches.
Since then Riley’s own label was born, earning a reputable following by creating classic, tailored, professionally constructed clothing and leather accessories for both men and women. The label’s designs have been displayed in countless fashion events such as Voltage: Fashion Amplified every year since it’s inception in 2004. Riley has also designed costumes for a number of Zorongo Flamenco productions, the Sandbox Theater, and lead a team of designers for both Minnesota and International Design Diaries.
For the past 6 years, Riley has also worked as a Wardrobe Stylist, primarily working in commercials and television. Most notably working on Seasons 2 and 3 of ABC’s In An Instant, multiple History Channel productions, In 2018, she had the privilege of working on two 2018 Superbowl commercials for Dodge Ram and Hyundai.