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Born in Switzerland, Robert Kass lived his first twenty years each in London, Paris, and Switzerland before coming to the USA. He studied at Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland and L’Ecole des Beaux Arts, in Lausanne; he speaks five languages fluently. After completing his studies, Kass came to Los Angeles where he joined his step-mother Joan Collins working with Aaron Spelling in television production.
Following his tenure with Spelling, Kass ran the George Newell Agency, representing some of the world’s top photographers. Working with some of those photographers, including Herb Ritts, Michel Compte, Mark Abrams, Kass also produced fashion shows and fashion layouts for many premiere fashion magazines including Vogue, Elle, and Playboy.
In 1990, Robert Kass first stepped from behind the camera into the public eye when he opened The Living Room at La Brea and First in Los Angeles. The first coffee shop in Los Angeles, in the heart of the area?s retail and arts corridor, was an instant hit with the public and critics alike. With it’s seventeenth century Viennese styling and relaxed, informal atmosphere, The Living Room soon became a favorite hangout for the likes of Julia Roberts, Mel Gibson, Drew Barrymore, Robert Downey Jr., Madonna, Prince and many other denizens of LA nightlife (and day life). In feature articles for publications such as the LA Times, the Wall Street Journal, Vogue, and Elle, Kass described The Living Room as his first opportunity to exercise his design and architecture training in his career, which had obviously strayed far from those professions.
After selling the Living Room in 1996, Kass looked to expand his portfolio and, in 1997, found his next subject in the moribund Caf’ Figaro on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood. He transformed the dark, dingy space into a Mediterranean oasis he named the Kass Bah.
Like his previous restaurant venture, the Kass Bah soon became a favorite of the celebrity set. It’s impressive client list included George Clooney, Jerry Seinfeld, George Michael, Courtney Cox, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Toby McGuire and Cindy Crawford. And, again, publications like In Style, Hollywood Reporter, Detour, and W Magazine flocked to feature the restaurant in their pages. Los Angeles Magazine colorfully and accurately described Kass Bah’s ‘sexy, Casablanca-like dining room’ as a ‘homage to the glory days of the British Empire.’
With such notoriety and success, Robert Kass quickly found himself producing many events for companies such as Sun Microsystems, APLA, Amfar, American Express, Virgin Records, Miramax, Arista, and CAA. In true entrepreneurial spirit, he felt it was time to expand his portfolio once again. His next super project: Dreamers Enterprises Inc., a company he owned and operated that acquired, operated and built restaurants such as the legendary Le Dome on Sunset Boulevard, Santo Coyote, a trendy Mexican Cantina on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood and Luce in Beverly Hills.
Kass’s impressive number of contacts and relations he acquired in the last 20 years in the film, music and restaurant industry made him the perfect candidate for his next stint. In February 2005, he joined the venerable Sotheby’s International Real Estate Company in Beverly Hills, where in just his first 10 month on the job, he sold 18 million dollars worth of real estate, making him one of the top ‘rookie’ sellers in the business. Never satisfied with the status quo, in January 2007, Kass decided to move to the number one High-End Real Estate broker in town: Hilton & Hyland, where he holds the title of Estate Director with almost $200,000,000 of exclusive listings. His work with high profile listings and clients landed him on the pages of such illustrious newspapers and magazines as: The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, The Robb Report, USA Today, and many more…