CTNow: How would you describe your style?
MK: My style certainly varies but the majority of the time I'd say it's "Southern inspired." Lots of plaid, denim, seersucker, lace, and cowboy boots with every outfit.
CTNow: Where do you buy your clothes?
MK: I wear a lot of clothing that I get from the independent designers that I work with. Since opening a shop that exclusively sells clothing made in the U.S. and Canada, I have a really hard time buying clothing that is not locally made. This winter I added to my sweater collection by shopping at the Salvation Army so I could at least reuse what is already here.
CTNow: What do you look for when shopping for new pieces to add to your wardrobe?
MK: Something I can get a lot of use out of. I'd much rather spend a bit of money on a quality handmade item that I know I'll wear over and over.
CTNow: What is your most prized piece of clothing?
MK: My Frye cowboy boots! Anyone who knows me knows that I have a serious admiration for the South. I lived in Charleston, S.C. for a while and I miss it every day. Wearing my cowboy boots helps keep a little bit of the South close to me. The first day I got these boots was the last day I wore high heels! I do everything in them from digging in my garden to dancing at weddings.
CTNow: How are you keeping fashionably warm this winter?
MK: I'm wrapping up in some gorgeous handmade scarves I've received as gifts this winter. One is a beautifully knit scarf that was locally made in Connecticut and the other is a plaid scarf my sister made me for Christmas.
CTNow: What are you looking forward to wearing once it warms up?
MK: I have a dress made by Fischer Clothing (from Brooklyn, N.Y.) that I basically wear once a week when it's warm enough. It's so comfortable and it's one of those dresses that isn't super fancy but makes me feel really beautiful when I wear it. One of the things I love about wearing clothing from small independent designers is I know I will (probably) never run into anyone else wearing the same dress!