Tracey Jackson

Jul 9 2014 | 4 Comments

KENDALL CONRAD

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I grew up with a divine girl called Kendall Conrad. Well, let’s reword that… I didn’t actually grow up with her. I grew up in the same town she did and our families were friends.

She is  younger than I am. So chronologically I grew up first. We hope.  We’re not sure.  I got older first, that we are sure of.

But while we were growing up, I was not paying much attention to young Kendall as she had two really hot half brothers I was far more interested in. So I paid a lot of attention to them, hoping one would pay a little bit to me.

One of them did for awhile, and then, well, you know how that goes.

I moved away and for the most part forgot about Kendall and the hot half siblings.

But then I heard she had turned into this great beauty. True.  I heard that she had moved to Paris to become a model. Also true. After all shouldn’t all great beauties do that for a spell?

Then I heard she had fallen in love and married the very handsome, one time fashion designer, now successful photographer David Cameron. Also true. And that they moved back to Santa Barbara, where they set up house in the most glorious spot and raised two rather perfect girls. All true. They are still in the phase of raising the girls, still living in the glorious spot.

But, none of this really got my attention until Kendall started designing handbags that were selling at Barneys.  Then I suddenly became very aware of Kendall Conrad.

I have been following her career since she started.  I was so impressed that someone I knew as a little pip-squeak, who was around while I was trying to hook up with her brothers had turned into this awesome talent.

Aside from being gorgeous – and she still is. She is just sort of perfect in every  way:  And no, I don’t have a girl crush on her. But you know the whole handbag thing does really strike a deep chord with me.

Her style is totally her own. It derives from her love of California and the laid back style of the beach where she grew up. She has more than a bit of the artist that comes from her father the late Barnaby Conrad.  Her father’s love of Spain and bullfighting seeps into her work as it has a slightly Spanish feel.  But with all of that it remains classic and modern. It’s just Kendall.   She is the best model for her work. The Kendall Conrad design aesthetic is totally Kendall Conrad on any given day.

On a recent trip to Santa Barbara she showed up for coffee in short shorts,  the ones few can get away with.   She had a grey cashmere sweater on, one of her own scarfs just kind of hanging; on her it looked just right.  If I had tried it someone would have told me to tie it.   On her feet were a pair of her own now iconic leather sandals. On her wrists  some leather bracelets with  a few brass ones mixed in.   Of course on her arm was one of her own bags, well worn and worn well.  With Kendall it is the kind of style that is totally effortless for her, but is much harder for others to pull off.  She always looks just right.

She now has two stores in LA and one in Santa Barbara. Her name is known. Her designs classic.  Her colors are muted, blacks, browns, grays, white and now blues.  It’s not an accident she has developed a devoted following.

Had I known she would grow up to design bags, and accessories and on top of it all turn into one of the nicest girls I know,  I would have paid far more attention to her than the brothers.

 

All Items available at Kendall Conrad

One of her bestsellers. the wallet phone case.

One of her bestsellers. the wallet phone case.

 

She has branched out into bracelets.

She has branched out into bracelets.

She keeps her colors simple. This is as crazy as it gets. All chic, classic and timeless.

She keeps her colors simple. This is as crazy as she gets. All chic, classic and timeless.

I have this scarf - it works with everything.

I have this scarf – it works with everything.

I love these shoes. But they are always out of my size.

I love these shoes. But they are always out of my size. Apparently girls who grew up in Santa Barbara all have size nine or larger feet.

Her shop in Santa Barbara.

A selection of her jewelry.

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One of her classic bags in a glam skin.

One of her classic bags in a glam skin.

Some of her white story.

Some of her white story.

Sleek and functional in brown.

Sleek and functional in brown.

You know a designer is getting hot when they have their own candles. I love these in their leather holders.

You know a designer is getting hot when they have their own candles. I love these in their leather holders.

 

See, I'm not making it up.

See, I’m not making it up.

  • michele

    wow, you sure weren’t making it up! Really nice collection too. Talent, business acumen and beauty!…ok I admit complete jealousy!

  • http://www.traceyjacksononline.com/ Tracey Jackson

    If she were not the sweetest girl you ever met, you might hate her. But it’s impossible. She is just too nice and deserves all her success.

  • Kathy Leeds

    I didn’t know you had a blog – so happy to find it. Great story, and I’m a huge fan. Many bags, and jewelry. Looking forward to following you ( I already do on Instagram)

  • http://www.traceyjacksononline.com/ Tracey Jackson

    Oh yes Kathy… I have been doing this for some time now. Just whatever I want to talk about. Fashion, travel, rants of the day. Then I have my feel good site Gratitude and Trust that I do with Paul Williams for our book. But love Kendall and all her goodies. She is a jewel of a person. Happy you found me here.