photo: Kelly Miller
When you dream about doing a thing, sometimes you have to just take a step towards making it happen and see where it takes you. That’s what happened when Kelly Miller stumbled upon an expert patternmaker in Paris and created something she always dreamed about, a bespoke leather motorcycle jacket. She was recently featured on this article in Forbes.
What I love about this story is how Kelly started, like many business owners, scratching her own itch. For her that went from finding to eventually creating the thing she wanted and then to fitting it to her own style and sensibilities. Though these jackets look at home in a high-fashion boutique she uses reclaimed handbag and lining materials keeping to her scrappy roots.
I also love the quote that she has on her site from Yohji Yamamoto, “Start copying what you love. Copy copy copy copy. At the end of the copy, you will find yourself.” I know many now professional leather goods makers who started their journey this way. As a beginning maker, you often don’t know why you like something. It’s only after repeatedly examining, dissecting and, like Yohji advises, copying do you start to understand what design principles embody a piece and what resonates with you.
Read the Forbes article on Kelly here.