Sunday, August 26, 2012

Kate Design - Soft Luxurious Wearable Art

So, my obsession with fabulous accessories continues!  My latest discovery pairs a wonderfully whimsical British artist, living in St. Kitts, with a grounded, level headed business woman with fabulous taste and an entrepreneurial sprit.  The result is a collection of fine scarves which is more like a collection of fine art.  When Kate and Maria met on one fateful afternoon over a rum punch in St. Kitts, their lives changed…and so will yours.  Kate Design was born.

Kate Design West Indies Collection Shot
Kate Spencer is a well known British artist who is happy to call St. Kitts her home.  While she shows her work all over the Carribean and Europe, she absolutely loves living and working in the Carribean which is a constant inspiration for the artist.  Maria (that's Mar-i-a) is a recently wed 30 year old with a love for, and background in, business and branding, and a huge appreciation for Kate's art and a desire to share it with the world.

Their first collection, the West Indies Collection,  launched a few months ago with 5 fabulous designs…3 of which are available on Shoddy-Ba-Chic.  Each scarf, says Kate, "starts life as a large oil canvas in my studio. It’s a combination of design and figurative painting. The understanding of the harmony of color has really been my study,”  Once the design is complete, the scarves come to life.  Woven in Kashmir from the finest fabrics, hand dyed by artisans, washed using natural Kashmir spring water, and finished manually…the finished product is second to none.  To see it is to love it…to wear it is to be obsessed!  So soft to the touch... whether you wear it around your neck as a scarf or around your body as a cover up, wrap, or sarong…you will never want to take it off.  It is like wrapping yourself in a gorgeous work of art.

Seahorse (my favorite)

How lucky we are that these two fabulous women met.  I am thrilled to have discovered them and to be able to showcase their collection on Shoddy-Ba-Chic.  What a wonderful way to love and appreciate one of the the Carribean's greatest artist!  Available in a single weight ($225) and a double weight ($325)…the reasonable prices make these works of art accessible to the many art and fashion lovers around the world.

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