We are pleased to spotlight our latest Marfa Muse, Charlie Porter.
Former decoration stylist for House & Garden, Charlie Porter is the founder of online antiques emporium Tat London. Acquiring a love for all things interiors from her mother, Charlie made her passion a career after the charity Kids Company, where she was Corporate Fundraiser, closed.
Charlie is 5’11 and wears size M in the Signature Reversible Quilt in Navy / Dark Olive.
I was born in London and have been a bit of a home bird as I still live a few miles from where I grew up. I love London and can't see myself moving anywhere else. Although I dream of having a place in the Highlands one day, Shepherds Bush makes me very happy.
My mother has been working in the interiors industry for the last twenty-five years. I grew up watching her decorate her homes, saw her passion for the industry and the fact that that passion only flourished made me think that it wasn't a bad thing to get into.
My first job in interiors was working for the rug company Luke Irwin. While I rolled and sold rugs, it gave me insight into the world of interiors. I met some excellent designers along the way. After two years, I wanted to take my life in a different direction and got a job as a fundraiser for the now-defunct charity Kids Company. Many people have many things to say about Kids Company, but while I was there, I saw some excellent work being done, and it opened my eyes to what London life is like for so many children. I was broken-hearted when it closed down. After that, I searched for lots of jobs and had quite a tough time trying to work out what I wanted to do. I was lucky enough to get an internship at World of Interiors followed by a receptionist job at Jamb & soon after, I ended up with a permanent position at House & Garden, where I was for three years and started my side hustle, Tat. I left H&G to pursue Tat full time, something I thought could be a massive mistake, but I have been pleasantly surprised so far. You never know what's around the corner. As my friend put it, every day can either be 'feast or famine.
With Tat, I am most proud of having packed every single order over the last 4 years! It's been back-breaking stuff but I take a huge amount of satisfaction from every package going out.
For me I hate talking over things too much, concentrate on your own opinion and just get on with it.
Recently I have got very into vintage caps, so either with a cap on my head, Grenson boots and dungarees or on the flip reverse a beautiful dress and boots.
Photographer: Zac Frackelton