FASH­ION CLOSEUP

Kelly Withey

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - CONTENTS -

THE SPACE When she de­vel­oped the con­cept for Mai­son Mara, Kelly wanted it to feel like walk­ing into a dress­ing room where you could spend hours try­ing on beau­ti­ful out­fits while drink­ing Mariage Frères tea. It is lled with hand-se­lected pieces and spa­ces she adores. ‘I es­pe­cially love the mar­ble bath­room – it is my favourite room in the store!’ THE IN­SPI­RA­TION Af­ter study­ing fash­ion design in Paris and re­turn­ing to Cape Town to open the store, Kelly’s in­spi­ra­tion still comes from the City of Light. ‘Paris in­spires me ev­ery day. It’s where I learned ev­ery­thing I know about fash­ion.’ THE STYLE Kelly de­scribes her per­sonal style as ‘clas­sic, but al­ways with one key piece’. One of her favourites is a pair of Marni san­dals. ‘They are made of pony hair and have huge jew­els on them!’ She likes to keep things sim­ple, and feels her navy blue cash­mere sweater is the item that best de­scribes her. What can’t she leave the house with­out Her Boucheron Qua­tre ring. THE FAVOURITES While she says she loves ev­ery­thing in the store, Kelly has a soft spot for a pair of Michel Vivien or­ange python pumps. ‘They were de­signed es­pe­cially for Mai­son Mara,’ she says. THE FU­TURE At the top of her wish list is ‘a pair of Saint Lau­rent patent knee-high boots and a trip to Tokyo’. She’s also look­ing for­ward to cre­ative col­lab­o­ra­tions. ‘We will be work­ing on a can­dle with Lola James Harper, the life­style brand of can­dles by French art di­rec­tor Rami Mek­dachi. I would also love to work with lo­cal ac­ces­sories brand Okapi.’

@MaisonMara @MaisonMaraCapeTown KELLY WITHEY

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