KATE SCHELTER is an American artist, designer, image consultant, and all-around creative, who is known for the reinvention of leading global brands with powerful storytelling. Kate brings dreams to life with joy, color, vitality. Bold, beautiful, classic.

Kate has worked on a range of commissions from brand identities and interior design, fashion projects to murals and illustrations for hotels and restaurants, and she has collaborated with a variety of companies including The Colony Palm Beach, St Regis Hotels, San Vicente Bungalows, Veronica Beard, Bulgari, Toyota, TOMS, Graff, amongst others.

Kate is the bestselling author of Classic Style, and her work has been featured in numerous publications including Architectural Digest, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Town & Country, House Beautiful, and The New York Times. She holds a BA from Rhode Island School of Design and lives between between Philadelphia and Cape Cod with her husband and three children.


1976 First everything. Grows up in Philadelphia, the youngest of four children born to Kitsie and Craig

1979 First Dress Ups.
Discovers Grannie’s old shoes

1983 First hand-made miniskirt—a ribbon belted curtain valance—a stylish substitute for copious Osh Kosh B’Gosh hand-me-downs

1992 First Award. Wins Scholastic Art Prize in 10th grade for an abstract watercolor painting of a squash

1994 Rhode Island School of Design. Majors in graphic design and photography. (Deep-down, loves fashion more)

1995 First internship in W Magazine art department doing page layouts. Loves it so much, cries on last day

1996 Lives abroad in Rome. Moves to Paris to intern for Christian Lacroix instead. Attends first couture show and dances with Mario Testino

1998 First real job in posh LA design firm. Quits. Starts own company in living room and calls it Creative Girl. Designs logos, websites and art directs photoshoots.
First client: Pink Martini

1999 First published work in The New York Times for logo design contest

2001 First trend forcasting job for The Limited Brands. Shoots pics of stylish friends, writes about
Gen Y and spends free time combing thrift stores for vintage outfits. Amasses giant portfolio of Hipsters

2002 First Press. Shot by photographer Lisa Eisner for The New York Times Magazine

2003 First Condé Nast photo contract. Blasts onto NYC fashion scene shooting for Vogue. Launches Style.com’s first street style column. Things start getting glamorous

2004 First assistant styling job for
Vanity Fair and Vogue

2005 Creates and hosts Street Style Safari TV segments for iTunes and IMG. Gets TOMS shoes on people’s feet and (in 2012) shades on their faces

Meets creative partner Demet Muftuoglu. Creates strategic partnership between Turkish fashion retail giant Vakko and Zac Posen.
A year later 200 VIP guests arrive to fête the collaboration. Dita von Teese splashes around in enormous martini glass, party cruises down the Bosphorus

2006 Styles first supermodel for ad campaign. Discovers vintage
jewelry gem, House of Lavande

2007 Kate Schelter becomes an official LLC. More websites, logos, events, fashion shows, photoshoots. Contributes to the Huffington Post. Loves to style but hates to blog

2008 Paints watercolors during travels, particularly lipsticks and sunglasses

2011 Marries Chris Schumacher!

2012 First book illustration assignment for Gypset Travel (Assouline)

2013 First child born!

2014 First painting exhibit in New York, curated by John Derian

2015 First commission to paint site-specific, larger-than-life murals for hotelier Jeff Klein in Los Angeles

2016 Collaborates with Andy Spade to transform watercolor art into a fabric print for Sleepy Jones

2017 Classic Style published!

2018 Collaboration with Veronica Beard available at Bergdorf’s and Neiman's

2019 Rebrands the universe of historic landmark hotel The Colony Palm Beach

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