Meet Kelsy. Kelsy Parkhouse is the brain behind Americana-inspired brand, Carleen. After graduating from school for art design, Kelsy received a cash prize that allowed her to start the line we here at TC&G know and love today. Heavily rooted in the nostalgia of Americana, Kelsy's designs are produced here in the United States between New York and Los Angeles - both ensuring quality that she can oversee and acting as a nod to the brand's American roots.
Read on below to learn more about Kelsy's background and what inspires her.
A BRIEF INSIGHT
Where You Grew Up:
Long Beach, CA
Where You Live Now:
Los Angeles, CA
City/Place That's Had the Biggest Impact On You:
The One Thing You Absolutely Need Everyday to Keep You Going:
I make a cup of green tea first thing every morning
Favorite Personal Memento or Piece:
The first quilt coat I ever made is pretty special to me. I can also get superstitious/sentimental about a lot of jewelry.
Skyscrapers. Driving towards Manhattan from the airport, or approaching Downtown LA from the south with the mountains behind it.
What Are Some of Your Sources of Inspiration?
Quilts, the Desert
Did You Go to College? What'd You Study?
I went to college twice. First NYU where I studied Art History and Spanish, then Pratt for Fashion Design.
What Are Some Jobs You Did Before Starting Carleen?
I started Carleen right out of school, but have held side jobs (in production, retail, and education) through most of that time.
If You're Not Working, Where Are You?
I have a home studio, which makes the separation a little difficult. Walking my dog in Griffith Park is a good way to take a breather.
Favorite Music to Listen to While You Work?
I prefer podcasts when I'm doing more hands-on or creative work. "Call Your Girlfriend" gets me through that Friday-afternoon slump.
Best Phrase to Describe Carleen?
Modern American nostalgia
What Should Anyone Who Buys a Carleen Piece Know?
We've been committed to domestic manufacturing since the very beginning and we know exactly where your clothes are made. It is possible to produce ethically and of quality in other countries, but I like being near the process and the environmental benefits of keeping things close to home.
Stay tuned for Volume 2 of our feature on Kelsy and her brand, Carleen - in which she and I discuss the origins of her business and how she keeps her production domestically grounded.
Looking to browse some of Kelsy's designs? Check 'em out here
on our site.