Movers & Shakers

Movers & Shakers: Kate Schelter

May 25, 2018

Our collaboration with illustrator Kate Schelter has arrived! In honor of these exclusive pieces, we visited Kate at her studio to talk all things art and style.

NAME & OCCUPATION:

Kate Schelter, artist, illustrator, creative director, stylist and owner of a luxury brand consultancy. I am also the author of Classic Style.

HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START AS AN ILLUSTRATOR?

I have always been an artist and painted—I went to art school—I used to do it for fun as I was a fashion stylist for 15 years, and then friends noticed my watercolors and asked me to work on projects together. It was really organic and it naturally coincided with my pregnancy with my daughter. Her birth marked a huge shift in my life and my career: a beautiful blossoming.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?

I feel most at peace painting in my studio—completely free and unafraid, completely myself. It is a gift to be able to spend my time doing what I absolutely love. It has also connected me to so many lovely people and allowed me to travel to remarkable places.
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Shop: VB x Kate Schelter Walker Blouse
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Shop: VB x Kate Schelter Samara Dress

WHERE DO YOU LOOK FOR ILLUSTRATION INSPIRATION?

I don’t “look”. It just comes to me. Its all inside of me—my gut. Nature and gardens are a constant source of energy and inspiration. I’ve never met a flower or vegetable I didn’t want to paint.

WHAT DID YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT OUR COLLABORATION?

I love that my work resonated with the Veronicas on a deep level—and we were able to connect on that, a combination of both of our visions. I love to collaborate and I’m so excited to be creating more fabrics and textiles. And to be carried at Bergdorf’s and Neiman Marcus is a dream!

BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?

1) Be yourself, everyone else is taken.
2) Anything is possible if you can envision it and practice it.
3) Have less. Do more. Be more.

FIRST THING YOU DO IN THE MORNING:

After family breakfast and school drop off, I meditate—its changing my life.

DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE IN FIVE WORDS:

Classic, floral, colorful, courageous, consistent.

ONE THING YOU NEVER LEAVE THE HOUSE WITHOUT:

Burt's Bees Chapstick

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?

My daughter, my family, my health, my painting.

WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL CONFIDENT?

Being myself and finding my people and collaborators.

DREAM DINNER PARTY GUESTS:

Terry Gross

GUILTY PLEASURE:

Ice cream

CAMO OR LEOPARD?

Leopard

RED LIP OR SMOKY EYE?

Both; but never at the same time.

UPTOWN OR DOWNTOWN?

I love all of NYC.


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Shop: VB x Kate Schelter Cara Jean Jacket
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Shop: VB x Kate Schelter Watercolor Stripe Top
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Shop: VB x Kate Schelter Do Not Disturb Tee
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Shop: VB x Kate Schelter Dakota Dress