I’ve been a long time fan of Kate Loudoun Shand. Way before I started blogging, I scored a few gorgeous pillows at my local Anthropologie store and later realized they were all by the same designer, Kate Loudoun Shand. I even contacted the designer one day because I was working on an interior designing project and my client was looking for very specific pillows patterns. To my amazement, Kate replied very quickly, was very approachable, and just as delightful as her designs. So when she reached out to let me know that she was launching a new collection of fabric by the yard, I couldn’t help but ask to see some samples.
O.M.G, the patterns, the texture, and oh, the colors, make my heart sing. It’s like summer sorbets, without the calories.
I’m thinking of re-upholstering a vintage mid-century chair with one of these beautiful fabrics, I just can’t decide which one as they are all so beautiful.
* Kate Loudoun Shand is an English textile designer and a New Yorker. She grew up on a farm, earned degrees in fashion design from Saint Martin’s College of Art and textile design from the Royal College of Art, and moved to America in ’96 to work for Calvin Klein. She has had a long history since of designing textiles and home goods which display her love for lively pattern and her keen color sense.
For her first collection of furnishing textiles, Kate has drawn inspiration from dusty, historical fabrics, strange vintage finds, and life in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn with her three kids. Hand-painted marks and motifs, and stripped-down twists on classic botanicals and stripes, are printed on strong, elegant linens. These fabrics are intended to be both irreverently beautiful and exquisitely practical, lending depth, warmth, humor, and authenticity. [* excerpts from official press release]
Photography: [top 3 images]: French By Design – Portrait and bottom image, courtesy of KLC