Kate's Marfa Stance

The Reversible Shearling Combo Quilt

Tell us about your background and your career as a fashion writer

I was born and grew up in Manchester and when I was a teenager I decided to be a journalist and move to London. I threw myself at the student newspaper when I was at university and wrote everything I could about films and TV, which were the areas I was interested in. After that, I came to London to study journalism and knew from day one that I’d found my people and my career. 

I didn’t dream of being a fashion writer. I started writing about film and TV, but one evening at a screening a female critic took me aside and said, You’ll just end up sitting in the dark with a load of middle aged men, like I do,and that was a terrifying thought. So I worked on teen magazines, including my beloved J-17, which was way more fun. Then became Senior Writer at ELLE, also MASSIVE FUN, where I was mostly interviewing celebrities – Britney Spears, Debbie Harry, Pharrel Williams, Kate Winslet…. At ELLE, I went to my first fashion show – Preen! – and found heaven. I realized writing about fashion was a way of also incorporating my love of music, art and photography, even theatre. 

I went freelance and started writing more about fashion for The Independentand The Guardian. I became Style Editor at Stellaon The Sunday Telegraphand stayed at The Telegraphfor 10 years, which was wonderful, working with excellent writers and editors, interviewing designers, going to the shows. Three and a half years ago, I left to be freelance again. I’m better suited to being my own boss and feel lucky to write for brilliant titles - the Financial Timesand How To Spend It, where I’m a Contributing Editor; VogueThe Observer Magazineand The Gentlewoman

How do you style your Marfa Stance piece?

I’ve had my delicious Marfa Stance Reversible Shearling Combo Quilt for over a year and it is my constant companion. I’m so glad I had it through lockdown. I love changing the collar and the hood is a new delight, which really transforms the coat into more of a parka. I wear it mostly with jeans, as I wear jeans all the time, and I particularly like it with white denim, or with khaki cargo pants. People always compliment it and then stroke the shearling. 

Photography: Zac Frackelton

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