As you guys probably know I was in Paris all week, so today I’m skipping my usual Friday links post to let you know about a really gorgeous book that just came out – excited for this one!
You may be familiar with artist Kate Schelter – she’s built a name for herself as an illustrator, creative director, and stylist, and now has a new credit to add to her impressive resume: author! Her new book, Classic Style: Hand It Down, Dress It Up, Wear It Out, is a gorgeously illustrated guide to over 100 iconic classics of American style (think: striped Breton shirts and Levis alongside everyday objects like Burts Bees chapstick and Weber grills).
Personal anecdotes and stories, quotes, and interviews with stylish friends like Rita Konig and Jane Herman share the pages with her signature watercolor illustrations, resulting in a charming and fun read full of whimsy and inspiration. Kate’s Cape Cod-meets-New York City aesthetic gives the book style, and her advice on paring down, buying and keeping only the things you love and really use, and making classics your own lends the book its substance – a perfect pairing!
Kate on classic style: “Studying the pieces I gravitate toward has helped me maintain an even keel and keep my integrity in the midst of an industry built on trends.”
And on “less is more”: “I truly believe that doing more with your personal style starts with loving (and reinventing) what you already have and buying less.”
As Andy Spade puts it in the book’s foreword: “Kate simply paints what she likes.” Classic Style is an illustrated guide to those things – the classics that are tried-and-true – as she puts it “the cream that rises to the top of everyday life.” It’s a celebration of the simple, the timeless, and the well-designed – of finding the beauty in everyday objects. I loved reading Kate’s thoughtful advice, learning more about her life, and taking in all of the visual inspiration!
PS – I shared a little video tour of my new apartment over on Insta Stories – it will still be available for a few hours so head on over and check it out if you’d like to see!