Welcome to the start of a new series called ‘Meet the Models’. At our last photo shoot, my friend Sonja Schwarz (also the photographer behind the great images on the shop) pointed out that all our models are all such lovely, interesting ladies—we have such great conversations on set and become friends (if we aren't already!), so I'd love you to meet and learn a bit more about each of them.
I'm kicking off with the lovely Kelly Ekardt, a fashion designer, stylist, self-proclaimed vintage fashion nerd and co-founder of The Frankfurt Edit. She moved to Frankfurt a year ago, with her husband and their daughter Edith after 10 years of living in London.
Handmade Glass and brass bead necklace
Hi Kelly, tell us where you're from!
I’m originally from the USA—Springfield, Missouri to be exact—where we have a saying, ‘Midwest is best’. Not sure this is true, but the t-shirts are cool!
One word you'd use to describe yourself:
Impatient—not the most complimentary word, but it’s true. I have so many things I want to do, I’m a big dreamer, but I’m also extremely persistent and creative so I want everything done now. I’m also very impatient with myself—I think I have to have everything figured out right this second, and this can cause great frustration. I’m a perfectionist and I’m learning to enjoy the process, I’m learning patience with life, myself and of course learning German!
Blue and white sari bead necklace
What always makes you laugh?
My husband and his horrible dad jokes. I try really hard not to laugh, but I do, every time. My daughter Edith, who’s 7: she’s hilarious. My best girlfriends: we can laugh about the stupidest things. Laugh so hard we cry.
Do you have a favourite childhood memory you’d like to share?
Just one?! I had an amazing group of friends growing up. We all met at church and we were completely inseparable. All we ever wanted to do was hang out, listen to music, dance, and play games. It was such innocent fun until of course we became teenagers then we all just got in trouble together. We’re all still close friends.
What helps you stay positive when things get hard?
Music. Music keeps me positive. Making the move to Frankfurt was, and still is, very hard, but as soon as I put my headphones in, I’m good to go.
Do you have a favourite ritual that’s just for you?
I can’t say it’s a ritual but running, for me, is just about me. It’s about clearing my head and dreaming up big dreams. I always feel so amazing afterwards.
Hand-embroidered dark green vintage silk scarf
Are you a morning or an evening person?
I used to be a morning person, I used to love them, but now I find them somewhat depressing. So currently I’m definitely an evening person. I can stay up very late working.
A track you’re currently listening to a lot…
I’m a huge music fan, I mean huge! I make weekly playlists you can listen to via Spotify. The song I am currently listening to over and over at the moment is Same by Overjoy.
If you had one hour more per day, what would you do with it?
Dance! I would take that hour to dance. I can tell when I haven’t danced or moved around in a silly way, I get grumpy. Dancing frees my soul.
A life hack you don’t ever want to live without…
Turmeric lemonade. If you’re feeling down it perks you right up. Turmeric works as a natural anti-depressant. I take fresh graded turmeric, lemons and honey and make the best fresh lemonade—it’s so healthy too. My family loves it!
Hand-embroidered red and blue vintage silk scarf