You Should Know Her: Kate Schelter

kate schelterKate Schelter is the author of Classic Style: Hand It Down, Dress It Up, Wear It Out. Kate is an artist, illustrator, creative director, stylist and owner of the luxury brand consultancy that bears her name. She paints commercial work for Dior, Toms, One Kings Lane, Bonpoint, Romy & the Bunnies, Bulgari, Sleepy Jones, Victoria’s Secret, Diane von Furstenberg and Toyota, as well as private commissions and murals throughout The San Vicente Bungalows. Her work has been published in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, House Beautiful, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, W and ELLE.

Classic style coverName: Kate Schelter
Occupation: Author of Classic Style + Artist
Instagram: @kateschelter
Twitter: @kateschelter
Facebook: Kate Schelter

1. What are three words that best describe you?

Creative, love-driven and hard working.

2. Tell us why you’re awesome in two sentences or less.

I bring a unique combination of artistic capabilities to every project. My work comes from my heart and my taste comes from my gut. I’m deeply in love with what I do and it’s very satisfying to help others.

3. What are your three biggest indulgences?

Sleep, healthy food and peace and quiet.

4. What’s currently your favorite…

Restaurant: Bar Pitti
Food: Grilled salmon
Cocktail: Moscow Mule
Shopping destination/store: eBay, Barneys and estate sales
Fashion item: Dresses
Place to hangout: Home
City: Cape Cod
Travel item: Parker Thatch Custom Tote
Beauty product: Chanel Coromandel lipstick and mascara/eyelash curler
Skincare product: La Mer Classic Creme, Beauty Counter SPF 30 sunstick, Burts Bees chapstick
Hostess gift: My book “Classic Style” and notecards, journals and notebooks
Home décor item: Fresh flowers and vegetables from the garden
Book: Classic Style
Magazine: Vanity Fair, Architectural Digest, NY Magazine, National Geographic

kate schelter5. What’s the ONE thing you absolutely can’t live without?

My family.

6. What is your biggest pet peeve?

People on their phones at the dinner table or social settings. It’s a modern phenomena when conversations become show and tell with photos—it’s unnecessary and interrupts perfectly wonderful conversations. If I’m talking with you, I don’t need to show you. I want to see your face and eyes.

7. If you could have dinner with anyone (living or not) who would it be, and WHY?

Terri Gross (from NPR Fresh Air) because she asks the best questions and has the best conversations. I listen to her shows while I paint and luckily feel like she’s sitting next to me in my studio.

8. What does it mean to you to have a strong, engaging brand and how has having one helped you?

My brand is a natural extension of me and everything I love to do, so I don’t really feel like it is “separate” from me. I feel like me. I always feel like I am learning and growing and working with people I love — or trying to. The more I am myself in my work, the better work I can do, the more proud of my collaborations I am — because I am attracting other people who love what they do, too.

9. What is one piece of advice you would give your younger self?

“It’s all happening; just be patient. You don’t know what you don’t know.”

10. What is one piece of advice you would give to women today about staying true to themselves and succeeding on their own terms?

Be Yourself. Everyone else is already taken.


1. Tory Burch Amita Dress
A floor-sweeping skirt, fitted bodice and paisley mix inspired by traditional Indian block prints make this dress truly stand out.

2. Chanel Coromandal Lipstick
An intense, long-wearing lip color with full coverage and a satin finish leaves lips supple and protected with lasting comfort.

3. Winsor & Newton Watercolor Set
A lightweight, compact set of artist-grade paints that are perfect for creating your next masterpiece.

4. Guara
These delicate flowers are beautiful on their own or as filler for a garden bouquet.

5. Parker Thatch Custom Tote
A sturdy canvas tote with an assortment of chic designs to choose from and the option to monogram!

6. BeautyCounter SPF 30 Sunstick
This compact and kid-friendly sunscreen provides mess-free and water resistant protection while on-the-go.

7. Burts Bees Chapstick
Give your lips the love and care they deserve with this classic lip balm.

8. Crème de La Mer
In a short time firmness improves, lines, wrinkles and pores becomes less visible and skin will look virtually ageless.

9. Classic Style
A gorgeously illustrated guide to “the classics”: the essential clothes, accessories, beauty products and timeless everyday objects that define your personal style.

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