Born in Switzerland, Robert Kass lived his first twenty-one years each in London, Paris, and Lugano, Switzerland before coming to the United States. He studied at Franklin College in Switzerland and CSIA Swiss Art School, in Lugano; he speaks five languages fluently. After completing his studies, Kass came to Los Angeles where he joined his father Ronald Kass (Manager of the Beatles and Founder/President of Apple Records) and his then step-mother Joan Collins working with Aaron Spelling in television production for three years, on such legendary TV shows as “Dynasty” & “The Lucille Ball Show”.
In 1990, Robert Kass first stepped from behind the camera into the public eye when he opened The Living Room Coffee Shop 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 its 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 the LA social life. It was featured in publications such as the LA Times, the Wall Street Journal, Vogue, and Elle Magazine. 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 Café 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 Di Caprio, Cameron Diaz, Toby McGuire and Cindy Crawford. And, again, publications like In Style, Hollywood Reporter, Detour, and W Magazine flocked to feature the restaurant and Kass’ design skills in their pages. Los Angeles Magazine colorfully and accurately described Kass Bah’s “sexy, Casablanca-like dining room” as an “homage to the glory days of the British Empire.”
By association, Robert Kass quickly found himself producing many events for companies such as Sun Microsystems, APLA, Amfar, American Express, Virgin Records, Miramax, Arista Records, and CAA. In true entrepreneurial spirit, he felt it was time to expand his portfolio once again and consequently launched Dreamers Enterprises, a full service consulting company that designed, built and operated restaurants such as the legendary “Le Dome” on Sunset Boulevard in 2002-2005; Santo Coyote, a trendy Mexican Cantina on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood in 2002-2003; Luce in Beverly Hills in 2004-2005 and The Saint, a trendy bar in the heart of Hollywood in 2009-2011.
Kass’s impressive number of international contacts and relations he acquired in the last 25 years in the film, music and restaurant industry made him the perfect candidate for his next stint. In February 2005, he joined Hilton & Hyland and became the exclusive agent of some of the biggest listings in US history, such as Fleur de Lys in Holmby Hills priced at $150,000,000.00, along with megastar Cher’s Malibu compound for $85,000,000.00 just to name a few. His work with high profile listings and clients landed him on the pages of such illustrious publications as: The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, The Robb Report, USA Today, and many more. Kass has recently moved to Carolwood Estates a brand new boutique agency with some of the best high-end agents in Los Angeles lead by Drew Fenton. He looks forward in helping to build this new business to be the #1 high-end real estate company in California.