It seems as though I’ve known Kee Edwards — the multi-talented visionary behind the airy organic cotton collection, Loup Charmant — all my life. She could be the blonde twin sister I always dreamed of having during my childhood. The one who got me, really got me (of course, she really does get me in real life). The one who would grab you gently by the hand and drag you down to make mud pies at the edge of the ocean’s waves on a sunny summer’s day or play paper doll dress up in the dust-infused light of the floral wallpapered attic, all while holding an enlightened conversation about the origin of the world. Of love. Of light. Of ourselves.
We share such similar touch stones: growing up in the South, Charleston, the beach, DNR, fashion, Polo, animals, nature, image fascination, photo shoots, words, spirituality, health + wellness, love of a well-pulled-together outfit, pleasure of the hunt for the perfect aesthetic piece, the desire for good friends who will always be there just when you need them. I hired Kee many years ago at DNR and her quick smile, her super positive outlook, her glow, her can-do attitude and, really, just her specialness made her irreplaceable. We became fast friends. Granted, we haven’t always been able to have a day to day existence together; there were times she moved away to Miami or Vermont and we didn’t speak for great lengths due to space and geography. But she’s one of those kind of friends where you just pick up where you left off. You feel compelled to have her creative, stylish nature close at hand, whether you’re dressing together for a Bastille Day petanque jaunt or a Fourth of July country town parade, or just hanging out beach combing for animal skulls or watching a watercolor sunset slide behind the Statue of Liberty from Red Hook; she’s an amazingly fun and sensitive human-earth-animal loving individual.
Kee’s collection is a gorgeous rendering of what vacation would be if it could be created out of cloth. I have never been prouder of a friend than when I learned that Loup Charmant was going to be selling in Barneys or when Steven Alan showroom chose to represent the collection. Kee’s generosity of spirit, her kindness to all sentient beings and her clever loving way of living is an inspiration to me. And should be to us all. Luckily, I’ve had the chance to work amidst the magic of her creations, helping out on her lookbook photo shoots (such fun), wordplay for the website, sample sales and such.
Thankfully, we were finally able to snag the lovely Kee for FashionWhirled’s Friday:5ive this week. Please read on … and be inspired.
FashionWhirled: what role does design, especially fashion design, play in your everyday life and when or what was that first moment that you knew you would become deeply involved in fashion?
Kee Edwards/Loup Charmant: design is a huge part of my life & my days, especially when i’m thinking about and prepping the next collection for Loup Charmant.