Katy's Marfa Stance

Reversible Trench Coat in Olive

Tell us about yourself/ your background

I am half Sri-Lankan but born in South London. I definitely think growing up in a family which bridges the culture and belief system of east and west combined has informed the way I live my life. I’m half an island and city girl combined in one. Growing up, I was consistently surrounded by family and at the core of everything was fluid conversation and big get togethers- usually involving lots of food - which taught me a strong sense of being. Most of my family are in the medical sector – my father is a Doctor and my mum was a nurse so I think that innate idea of helping and working with people was a given. I went to Sydenham High School GDST which I loved and then studied history at Warwick University where I was lucky enough to live in Venice, studying the Renaissance as part of my degree. I’ve always loved travelling and exploring new communities and places which has helped me to sustain my curiosity and to evolve as a person. I am never far from a pineapple; I even have one I wear every day on my necklace. It’s my talisman.

In my early twenties I started as an intern at Freud Communications, where I stayed for over a decade. I learnt so much there discovering how founders and businesses develop human stories and purpose.  It was a privilege to be able to be part of an organisation with such prestigious clients and meaningful projects. As an Associate Director running the Luxury Lifestyle division my clients spanned all the lifestyle spheres –BAFTA, Burberry, Chime for Change, Visit London, Soho House Group, Chiltern and Vintage at Goodwood. Working at this level gave me the foundations to navigate teams and multiple clients ahead of starting KTW. 

I have quite a dual nature – a business lover on one side but a bohemian spiritualist on the other. I see my world through a love of psychology and colour; it’s my love of people and understanding how they tick and connect which fascinates me. As I grow older, I feel much clearer in my passions and I am pleased that they also now give me my purpose in life. 

Marfa Stance

How do you style your Marfa Stance piece?

I love my Marfa Stance trench – the versatility of the reversible layer means I know I am able to wear it (post Covid) for exhibition launches and gallery openings. The cut and large lapels offer a real sense of luxury and quality, but I also love wearing the openly quilted side with my jeans and Stan Smiths on a Saturday walking around Wandsworth Common by my home. The oversized pockets are a dream. I love the rich materials and varied textures which give the design an edge to any other coats I have. The wide belt is also really flattering when you want to nip it in from a generous over size into something smarter. 

I feel inspired wearing Marfa Stance as it evokes Marfa, a West Texan town and home of the late Minimalist artist Donald Judd. Like Judd – one of my favourite artists - the designs of Marfa Stance are clean and modular with a sense of modernity but with an edge. The fact that you are able to wear these pieces in various ways excites me as I start to live more consciously and sustainably, especially after the pandemic which has made me re-think not only the ways in which we have to work but also dress more consciously.

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