The idea to start Curator’s of Style came about after years of collaborating at Chelsea’s store in Brentwood, where Kristin frequently came in to pull clothes for her clients. Through our endless conversations we discovered how much we both enjoyed sharing our knowledge of fashion and style. We obsessed over the stories behind the designer’s collections and their editing process, which we could both relate to in our own jobs.
We came to realize that we are all curators.
Chelsea – Guest Editor
After graduating college I took a high-paying job in the mortgage industry and dreaded every minute of it…I longed to do something creative. Soon after at a party, a buyer for Lisa Kline offered me a job because she loved the skirt I was wearing. It was an omen…I literally quit my mortgage job the next day and began my climb up the retail ladder, entering the world I’m now utterly obsessed with. For me it is a love affair…and as one designer once told me which has rung true ever since, “once you’re in it…it’s hard to leave it”.
I opened a men’s store of my own called RPM Clothing (named after my brother and father…“the men in my life”) in Brentwood, California in 2006. Two years later I expanded the store and opened Chelsea Brentwood…RPM’s sister store for the ladies. The things I find most exciting about owning a store are the endless hunt for the next great buy, the places I get to travel to and the fabulous people that I meet.
Growing up in Santa Barbara as a child many of my clothes were made by our family friend who was a dress-maker. I loved the process of creating something unique …and I was never concerned with fashion rules or trends. As a buyer, I have developed a strong appreciation for high-quality classic pieces; they always look stylish and truly are the best investment (think Audrey Hepburn, Jackie-O). However, I think it’s important to push the envelope now and again…in order to curate one’s own true style.
I was born and raised in Chicago and then dragged to California at the age of thirteen kicking and screaming all the way. My early to mid twenties were spent living and modeling in New York and Milan. My addiction to fashion only got worse (better) from walking the runways; once you wear designer it’s hard to go back.
Since the age of ten my greatest joy was flipping through the pages of Vogue and dreaming of the day’s when I would be old enough to wear such “sophisticated” outfits. One of those said outfits, a cream ribbed turtleneck body suit worn with green knit hip- hugger flared pants, was worn on the first day at my new school in California. I remember feeling and looking incredible but being that we had moved to the middle of nowhere California, I received many odd stares from my new peers. I felt horrible for five very long minutes before that fabulous feeling returned. I didn’t care what they thought of my outfit.
I try to retain that same sense of passion and remember that first and foremost, my fashion choices are meant to define my style….. even if they are not always on the mark. You can’t achieve your own style without making mistakes along the way.
I have been involved in fashion in some way or another since I finished college. I have worked as a model, produced fashion shows, sales at Barney’s New York and Giorgio Armani and am presently a personal stylist.
One of my greatest joys in life will always be the anticipation of Vogue arriving at my doorstep, even if they have shrunk from 11×14 to 8×10.
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