For our newest installment of Show and Tell, we asked model, actor, and NY-native Kate Bowman to share a selection of her precious objects with us. Intrigued by her extensive collection of heart-shaped everything and super fans of her chic blend of high / low, new / vintage style, we were excited to find out what treasures make her tick.
I hang my gold heart shaped locket from Tiffany's on a thumb tack that hangs a poster of a Georgia O'Keeffe sunflower painting at the foot of my bed. It is the first thing I see before I go to bed, and the first thing I see when I wake up in the morning sunlight.
This heart shaped glass perfume sat on my mom's vanity in her bathroom when I was growing up. I used to admire it every day and now I have it in my windowsill. It's interesting how looking at something you saw every day as a kid is like a form of time travel.
My friend Joe Skilton took this photo of neighborhood kids playing in the fountain in Seward Park and sent me a print of it after we met there every summer for three years on his annual New York trip from London.
This is my great aunt Virginia's wedding band. I wear it on my middle finger on days that I miss her (most days) and think about combing through her Hancock Park closet and how she shaped my love of LA.
My friend Douglas Hart sent me and signed this Jesus and Mary Chain shirt for the album "April Skies." This record means a lot to me, especially since I was born in April.
My favorite poetry book by my favorite poet. I love how dirty this copy of this book is because each coffee stain and dirt smudge is a memory of reading this in my different dorm rooms throughout college.
I write in my journal at the start of every day for three full pages freehand, a tip I picked up from The Artist's Way. Writing clears my mind and prepares me for my day. I keep it on my bedside table and would be really lost without it.
I took this selfie in the bathroom at Kiki's, one of my favorite restaurants in my neighborhood. It feels like the restaurants and bars you frequent as a New Yorker become an extension of your living room.
We grapple with consumerism everyday – we are a store that sells stuff that hates waste and too much stuff. So you can imagine the collective cognitive dissonance brewing around the KB office. Our mission, for ourselves and for our store, is to dial back the urge to consume mindlessly and voraciously for no other purpose than to own lots of stuff. The opposite of a throw-away culture – a society that feels connected enough to what they own to keep it, keep it nice, and pass it on. More simply put, people save things when they feel connected to them. For our new series, Show and Tell, we’re taking a different approach to the classic Q&A and asking friends, family and followers to introduce us to some of their things, and through those things learning a lot about the person behind the piece.