This season we’re focusing on the magic that comes from a new beginning. Maybe you caught a glimpse of that with the launch of our SS 17 collection! The Spring / Summer 2017 collection is an ode to origins and new beginnings. Handcrafted in East Africa, this collection is a celebration of hope in the lives of Sseko women, both in Uganda and here at home. One of those women is named Katie Prestemon, and we are SO excited to introduce you to her.
1. Tell us about yourself!
I am a photographer from St. Louis, MO. I live with my husband and monster … I mean puppy. 😉 I’m deeply passionate about living this life well, to slow down and see the little things in life. I find these small moments can mean so much. Photography has opened my eyes to those details and I’m forever grateful for that.
What inspires your personal style?
I’m not a, “beauty is pain” kind of girl. I walk through stores literally feeling everything with my hands, waiting to find that really soft fabric. My personal style is influenced by simplicity, and (are you ready for the worst answer to a fashion question?) comfort.
I know, I’m a regular fashionista.
What piece of the Brave Manifesto resonates most with you? Why?
Be brave, this applies to so many areas of my life. I need courage to be vulnerable with others, give grace and forgiveness and work through conflict. Being brave isn’t easy and it’s ALWAYS scary — but pushing through the discomfort is worth it.
I’ve learned being brave leads to a life of freedom.
This season we’re focusing on trusting in the magic of new beginnings. Can you tell us about a time where you saw this kind of magic first hand?
New beginnings can be hard, they force us to face the fear of the unknown. But I have found when I take a deep breath and push through the fear, that’s when the magic happens. For me, starting my photography business created so much fear. I wondered if I was good enough, and was scared to find out. All I can say that despite the fear, I have peace knowing I’m chasing a dream.
What is your favorite piece in our Spring collection?
I love the desert glass necklace. It has a beautiful simplicity to it, plus, you can wear it with everything.
Follow along with Katie’s journey on her Instagram!