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Talking Top Tens: Wendi Koletar Martin

Owner of Kick Pleat


Wendi Koletar Martin is the owner of Kick Pleat, a fabulous women’s retail store located in both Austin and Houston, as well as online at She runs the booming businesses from Austin, TX where she lives with her two beloved children and husband. Follow Wendi on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. And be sure to check out her killer store, Kick Pleat, here. 

And more with Wendi Koletar Martin…

My biggest fashion faux pas or regrettable purchase/style phase:

I distinctively remember a very large, puffy sleeve with black and white polka dots and a large bow over my chest for one of my high school dances. An image of me wearing that dress pops up on my husband’s phone when I call, so I can’t forget the details... I should mention that the puff on the sleeves are about as big as a balloon. 

What do I love most about my work:

I appreciate that I get to spend my professional time doing what I have loved since I was a kid. I get to work in fashion and travel to markets in cities that I love: New York, Paris, and Milan. Also, I love my staff. We work hard but have fun every day. 

One piece of advice:

Trust your instincts and love yourself. 

Skincare product I can’t live without:

Skinceuticals tinted sunscreen. It’s the foundation of my make up everyday. 

My go-to power outfit:

A blazer, trousers, and a button down. Probably with oxfords or Martiniano flats

Your favorite restaurant for brunch and your go-to order:

My favorite restaurant for brunch is currently at The South Congress Hotel, which is near my house: avocado toast with a poached egg and a salad. I get a side of bacon to go with it.

A trend that will catch on this year:

Color and femininity. 

Something I never see going out of style:

Good trousers and a button down.

Something that recently moved me:

The women’s march on January 21!

What’s the most exciting thing in your life right now:

The most exciting thing in my life right now is my business, it’s growth, and what it’s becoming. I’m really proud and I’m working hard to make it great.