We spoke to textile designer Kate Loudoun Shand about where she finds inspiration, her life in New York and her new collection. This week she is releasing Jangalee her first take on a conversational print and as well as some exciting new colors of old favorites.
HOW DID YOU FIRST BECOME INTERESTED IN TEXTILE DESIGN?
I went to fashion school in London, and I realized there that I was more interested in the cloth than the cut. Growing up, I'd always loved how textiles created a mood - austere, cozy, nostalgic, nuts, calm - it all came down to the fabric.
WHEN DESIGNING A NEW PATTERN OR COLLECTION, WHERE DO YOU START AND WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE PROCESS?
I'm always looking for something. I love delving deep into design history, visiting old houses and mills, flea markets, haberdasheries, costumiers. Very often a historical find will spur me to design something like it. If I can't find what I'm looking for, I'll make it instead.
IS THERE A COLOR PALETTE YOU FEEL DRAWN TO LATELY?
Gingers and browns.
AS A TEXTILE DESIGNER HOW DO YOU INCORPORATE PRINTS IN TO YOUR HOME?
That’s a funny question, if you could see my home! Let's just say I don’t do plain textiles very often! But the overall feel is not crazy, it's more lived-in luxury. I always have early strike-offs of my designs about my home, seeing how they feel, how they vibe with the other things in a room. I'll often hang new fabrics as drapes on my front window, because the light coming through there is beautiful and changeable, you'll see a linen in all its colors and moods.
WE HAVE LOVED WATCHING YOUR COLLECTION EVOLVE AND GROW, WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL FAVORITE DESIGN?
Thank you! I love POW!, Fork in the Road, Meander, the Dash. I love strong, bold pattern best. My fave from the new linens is Jangalee, my first conversational. I'm really excited about that.
AS A TRANSPLANT FROM THE UK, WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF LIVING IN NEW YORK? AS RESIDENTS OF BED-STUY, BROOKLYN WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL SPOTS?
Good dentistry?! I love the acceptance in NY, and the fuck-you spirit. I adore Bed Stuy where I live. It's an old Brooklyn neighborhood with a strong African-American community. Something new - a cafe, a fishmonger, a weird new apartment building - springs up every day. New York changes fast.
WHAT'S COMING NEXT?
Get ready for a colorful new collection of performance fabrics! and wovens! And block-printed pillows! It's going to be a big year for our little company.