Q&A | Kendall Conrad

To understand Kendall Conrad, you must smash together two Tomboy Style archetypes: The Naturalist and The Sophisticate. While these are perhaps the most unlikely of pairs, it becomes a stunning combination when helmed by California-born accessories designer Kendall Conrad. Her bags, wallets, shoes (coming soon!) and jewelry toggle between the sleek and refined, and the organic and down-to-earth, without ever losing their purpose or style.
We met last week at her Abbott Kinney storefront in Venice (you can also find her at the Brentwood Country Mart) and talked business, fashion, architecture and books over lunch at Axe. It's hard to put your finger on Kendall Conrad, all I can say is she is the only person I know that can wear all black and manage to look nothing but breezy and beachy. I'll let her Q&A do the talking from here. P.S. Kendall has a really great Tumblr. Seriously: check it out.

If not in Santa Barbara, I would live in...Venice Beach again.

My dream holiday would be to...North Africa: Marrakech, Chefchaouen, the blue town in the Rif Mountains, Essaouira and The Siwa Oasis.
My current obsessions are...

Food: Shitake mushrooms slowly sauteed in butter and thyme.

Music: Always 70's Bowie and The Talking Heads, loving Tame Impala right now, also Passion Pit, Alabama Shakes, The Black Keys, Wardell, Tristesse Contemporaine, Flying Lotus, Nicolas Jaar.

Fashion: I'm not super fashiony. I like classics: A.P.C., Saint Laurent Paris, and Chance.

Retail Stores: I like small stores with a tight edit. Des Kohan in Los Angeles and Ann Mashburn in Atlanta.

I channel my childhood self when I...Boogie Board with my kids.

The literary character I most relate to is...Karen Blixen from Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen (a.k.a. Karen Blixen).

If I had to be outdoors all day I would...be at the beach at Rincon Point in Santa Barbara or on one of the Channel Islands.

My favorite quality in a man is...intelligence and a sense of humour. I married my husband because he made me laugh all the time.
My favorite quality in a woman is...kindness and loyalty.

I'm terrified of...sharks!

My dream car is a...1970 silver Citroën SM.
Photo by Robert Myrene.

My cocktail of choice is...Ruinart Brut Rosé champagne.

My celebrity crush is...my husband!

My beauty product of choice is...Jojoba oil.

My friends and I like to...go for beach walks with our dogs and have summer creek-side dinners at our house.

If I could go back in time for one decade it would be...the 70's. But I would rather jump forward to 3000!

As a teenager I was totally into...horseback riding, skateboarding and surfing, volleyball, wearing men's button-down Brooks Brother's shirts, Levi's cords, and New Republic's black loafers.

I tend to splurge on...produce at the farmer's market, I buy like a restaurant!

The fact that I only wear uniforms (I really don't like to think about what I am going to wear so I have winter and summer staples)...is what makes me have Tomboy Style.
March 06, 2013 by Lizzie
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