Kelly Wearstler talks personal taste: Part One

Interior and fashion designer Kelly Wearstler’s clients include Viceroy Hotels & Resorts and Bergdorf Goodman

Image: David Ash

My personal signifier is a Sang A mint-blue Mini Pop shoulder tote. It’s sexy, tough and unexpected as it’s made from natural perch fish-skin. It’s practical and very stylish, with an evocative edge to it. $1,850; +1212-564 4433;

The last thing I bought and loved was a pair of Golden Goose Super Star Leopard sneakers from Madison Los Angeles. They’re super-comfortable and chic, with a very small animal print and a metallic leather star on the side. $520;Madison Los Angeles, 8745 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (+1310-275 1930;

The Sang A Mini Pop bag, $1,850
The Sang A Mini Pop bag, $1,850 | Image: Copyright: all rights reserved by Peter Domorak

And the thing I’m eyeing next is Paper, an app from design brand FiftyThree. Using a stylus, you can sketch with watercolour washes, make notes on the move and share them instantly over the internet. I love new technology, and this app allows me to combine that with my creative side. Free, from the Apple App Store;

The people I rely on for grooming are Sally Hershberger for my hair, and I have Queen Bee come to my house or office for a manicure and pedicure.


A recent “find” is Pizzeria Il Fico, a wonderful little Italian restaurant that opened earlier this year in Los Angeles. It’s family-run and specialises in cooking from the region of Puglia. I love the wholewheat pastas and the pizzas with very thin crusts. 310 South Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (+1310-271 3426;

The one artist whose work I would collect if I could is the Franco-Hungarian painter Victor Vasarely. I think he was so original and I love his use of colour and geometry. The three-dimensional nature of some of his pieces almost verges on pop art.

Vega-FR, 1974, by Victor Vasarely
Vega-FR, 1974, by Victor Vasarely | Image: © Victor Vasarely

The last meal that truly impressed me was at our house in Malibu when my girlfriends came over after they’d been to the farmers’ market to buy organic fruit and vegetables. They made a salad Niçoise with homemade tortillas and guacamole. LA County Civic Center Complex, Malibu, Los Angeles, CA 90265 (+1310-428 4262;

The books on my bedside table are Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys by Daniel Kindlon and Michael Thompson. There are also The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga by Srivatsa Ramaswami and The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health by T Colin Campbell.

The Paper app by FiftyThree
The Paper app by FiftyThree | Image:

The best gift I’ve given recently was a Cubist-style plaster head, one of several I made using rock crystals and amethysts as decoration. Each piece is a different design and is named and signed. From $5,500; available at Bergdorf Goodman, 754 West 58th Street, New York, NY 10019 (+1212-753 7300;

And the best one I’ve received recently is a beautiful silk blouse sent to me by the fashion designer Chris Benz. He has an amazing sense of colour and this design is typical of his wonderful work. From $500; available at Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10022 (+1212-753 4000; and

Pizzeria Il Fico in Los Angeles
Pizzeria Il Fico in Los Angeles | Image: Marco Siguenza

The last music I downloaded was Holiday by Green Day, because my boys, Oliver, 9, and Elliott, 8, have a band, and they’re learning the song so they can perform it at an arts festival in Malibu.

The sites that inspire me are London and Paris. I love everything about both these cities – their art, architecture, gardens, landscaping and fashions. I walk around them with my camera and my little sketchbook.


My favourite websites are 1st Dibs, and YouTube. 1st Dibs is amazing – so comprehensive. We shop there for my interiors projects and I use it to find contemporary artists and new galleries. We all love music in my family, so we’re always on YouTube, where my boys check out iconic bands such as the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd.

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