Kate Schelter is an artist, illustrator, creative director, stylist and owner of the luxury brand consultancy that bears her name. She is the author of Classic Style: Hand It Down, Dress It Up, Wear It Out (Grand Central), and This & That paper products (Abrams). Kate paints commercial work for Dior, Toms, One Kings Lane, Tod's, Romy & the Bunnies, Bulgari, Sleepy Jones, Bonpoint, 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, Architectural Digest, Harper’s Bazaar, House Beautiful, Vanity Fair, the New York Times, domino, W and ELLE. She holds a BA from Rhode Island School of Design and their European Honors Program in Rome. She lives and works in New York City and Cape Cod, MA.
1976 First everything. Grows up in Philadelphia, the youngest of four children born to Kitsie and Craig
First Dress Ups.
Discovers Grannie’s old shoes
1983 First hand-made miniskirt—a ribbon belted curtain valance—a stylish substitute for copious Osh Kosh B’Gosh hand-me-downs
1992 First Award. Wins Scholastic Art Prize in 10th grade for an abstract watercolor painting of a squash
1994 Rhode Island School of Design. Majors in graphic design and photography. (Deep-down, loves fashion more)
1995 First internship in W Magazine art department doing page layouts. Loves it so much, cries on last day
1996 Lives abroad in Rome. Moves to Paris to intern for Christian Lacroix instead. Attends first couture show and dances with Mario Testino
First real job in posh LA design firm. Quits. Starts own company in living room and calls it Creative Girl. Designs logos, websites and art directs photoshoots.
First client: Pink Martini
1999 First published work in The New York Times for logo design contest
First trend forcasting job for The Limited Brands. Shoots pics of stylish friends, writes about
Gen Y and spends free time combing thrift stores for vintage outfits. Amasses giant portfolio of Hipsters
2002 First Press. Shot by photographer Lisa Eisner for The New York Times Magazine
2003 First Condé Nast photo contract. Blasts onto NYC fashion scene shooting for Vogue. Launches Style.com’s first street style column. Things start getting glamorous
First assistant styling job for
Vanity Fair and Vogue
2005 Creates and hosts Street Style Safari TV segments for iTunes and IMG. Gets TOMS shoes on people’s feet and (in 2012) shades on their faces
Meets creative partner Demet Muftuoglu. Creates strategic partnership between Turkish fashion retail giant Vakko and Zac Posen.
A year later 200 VIP guests arrive to fête the collaboration. Dita von Teese splashes around in enormous martini glass, party cruises down the Bosphorus
Styles first supermodel for ad campaign. Discovers vintage
jewelry gem, House of Lavande
2007 Kate Schelter becomes an official LLC. More websites, logos, events, fashion shows, photoshoots. Contributes to the Huffington Post. Loves to style but hates to blog
2008 Paints watercolors during travels, particularly lipsticks and sunglasses
2011 Marries Chris Schumacher!
2012 First book illustration assignment for Gypset Travel (Assouline)
2013 First child born!
2014 First painting exhibit in New York, curated by John Derian
2015 First commission to paint site-specific, larger-than-life murals for hotelier Jeff Klein in Los Angeles
2016 Collaborates with Andy Spade to transform watercolor art into a fabric print for Sleepy Jones
2017 Classic Style published!
2018 Collaboration with Veronica Beard available at Bergdorf’s and Neiman's
2019 Rebrands the universe of historic landmark hotel The Colony Palm Beach