Kayten Schmidt

Kayten Schmidt is an artist and creative consultant.

Describe your personal style.
Casual. Repetitive. Beige and neutrals. 70% Pants 30% Dresses.

Who are your favorite designers?
I love 70s/80s/90s Calvin Klein
A detacher
Lauren Manoogian
Black Crane
Jesse Kamm
The Row's last three collections
90s and 2000's Jil Sander
90s Ann Taylor

If you could only shop at 3 stores for the next year, what would they be?
Maryam Nassir Zadeh for her namesake line and her amazing curation, my friend Elizabeth's vintage store Collection because she finds things I don't even know I want, La Garconne, that is kind of a cheat because they have everything.

Who are your style icons?
Phoebe Philo
Meryl Streep
Jane Birkin's bralessness
Minimalist dancers/choreographers like Trisha Brown, Yvonne Rainer and Lucinda Childs.

Are there any key pieces you find yourself wearing constantly?
White button down shirts, I have 9 hanging in my closet right now. High waisted jeans. A black Jil Sander muscle tee. Maryam Nassir Zadeh shoes. This pair of white cropped palazzo stretch pants that I found at Goodwill, I had them in black too but I shrunk them.

What is your most recent purchase?
Jesse Kamm sailor pants. I love them.

Do you have any stories about amazing deals you’ve gotten on awesome pieces?
Hmm, a few… A Zoran top and skirt set I got for $40 on etsy. I once found a Dior blazer and a Margiela dress in the same thrifting trip. A pair of Manolo Blahnik loafers for $35.

I have some pretty special Vena Cava pieces from sample sales.

Can you give us smart shopping advice?
If you love something buy it, I've passed on too many great things. You can always re-sell it or borrow it to a friend or wear it again in 10 years. Unless it's fast fashion, I usually regret those purchases. I'd rather spend 30 dollars at a thrift store. Support the designers and brands that directly benefit from your support.

Where do you look for inspiration? Are there any places, websites, artists, etc. you tend to look to?
I think I'm always looking, I've relinquished my waking hours to be constantly looking for it. The library, Movies. Documentaries. Magazines and books. A shopping trip.

What does a normal workday look like for you?
Wake up at 7:30 or 8. Coffee, emails, list making and mood boarding or sorting images. I think I look at images on the internet more than a reasonable person would. Probably have some meetings about whatever I'm involved with. Eat some vegetables and have an iced soy latte for lunch. More work and more vegetables for dinner.

I would love to say that I do pilates or yoga everyday, but in reality I do it once a week. It's a goal.

How did you end up doing what you do?
Pure luck I think. And meeting amazing people, I'm really grateful to have friends and acquaintances who motivate me.

What’s the best thing about your job?
Experiencing the full internal creative cycle over and over again. The high of conceiving an idea, the discovery and learning process, the panic moments, and then finally pulling it together. And working with a variety of talented people.

Which beauty products do you recommend?
Rodin or Dr. Haushka facial oil, Comme des Garcons and Diptyque perfume, Dr Bronner's Lavender soap, Malin & Goetz shampoo and conditioner. Chanel or Hourglass lipstick.

5 things you can’t live without.
My cat, he's precious.
Coffee (I've tried)
Cotton underwear
Warm weather