Karen with future buttons and bows store mascot BOOTS
(Preen dress, Burberry pumps) (Alexander Wang dress, Stella McCartney belt, YSL stilettos)
(Sharon Wauchob dress, Alaia belt, YSL pumps)
Meet my dear friend Karen Marley.
This post and introduction is overdue. I won't say too much, because the interview below written eloquently by our dear friend Annie over at Fidoo did an amazing job on capturing Karen in her purest element. The reason why it took a minute to even post this was because I wanted to make sure I had nice sized photos to encapsulate the fabulousness that is Karen. Please read below to take an intimate peak in the life of Karen Marley. You can read the original story HERE.
Why Karen has never been shot in this fashionable light before is beyond me. But glad that we are getting our first ever documented show case of her style that is all uniquely hers.
All too often, the lives of iconic figures provokes a curiosity in their kin almost as much as the figures themselves, especially if they follow in their parents’ footsteps. Take for instance famous babies- Nicole Richie, Sean Lennon (son of John Lennon & Yoko Ono), Zoe Kravitz (daughter of Lenny Kravitz & Lisa Bonet), and countless others who are all too familiar with the daunting reality of the public eye. But there are some celeb-kiddies– no matter how famous or even iconic their ancestors were– who have kept far away from the limelight. Meet Karen Marley, daughter of the late reggae music icon Bob Marley. Growing up among her many brothers (Damien, Ziggy, Rohan, Steve, Julian, Kymani, Robert) and sister (Cedella) everyday was about music. While all her siblings were following in their father’s footsteps pursuing careers in music, Karen went a different route, drawn to the beauty of design.
She started an interior design business and store in Jamaica, offering creative services and consulting. Later, she migrated to London where she attended Vidal Sassoon to amplify her love for chic aesthetics– a move that would ironically lead her to dabble in property development. In more recent years, she has worked with Cedella as assistant designer for Catch a Fire. Karen also represents the Marley legacy within various business dealings– Marley Coffee, House of Marley, and Cedella Marley Design. CMD is busy working with the Jamaican Olympic team designing the ceremony, podium and on-track uniforms for Puma, an absolute honor for the fledgling business. The next step for this Marley is a joint venture with good friend, Monique Aquino (AKA Dillon Delacroix)- the uber cute blogger we interviewed here.
What is the best thing about being a Marley? KM: It’s just being associated with such an iconic legend whose positive vibrations have continued for so long and still will continue. His messages have always been about peace and love, taking care of our youth and taking care of our mother earth even before the green movement was “cool” per se. Also, the fact that we are such a large tight-knit family. After my dad passed on, I went to live with my stepmom Rita Marley when I was eight-years-old, and she is and has been such a tower of strength and love and has always been a powerful influence on me. Love our family unit.
You pursued design and beauty versus music like the rest of your family, what is it that sparked that? KM: Well, first of all I can’t sing so that’s kind of a drawback!! I think our family is such an eclectic artistic bunch, it just seemed natural. But if I had to really think about it, I guess it started when I was really young and still living with my great grand parents and I would constantly bug them to help me move furniture around. Also, my great grandmother had a sewing machine and I’d always sit with her as she did her thing and ask her to make stuff for me. From there, I sort of just developed an eye for design, fabrics, furniture (old or new), aesthetics, color and it’s effects on mood. We then decided to open a design store that we added to the interior design business.
What other projects are you currently working on?
What is currently playing on your ipod?
If your friends were to describe your style, what do you think they would say?
Who are your favorite designers?
Your neighborhood (Mid-City proper) seems very up-and-coming, what spots do you frequent?
KM: I have a few faves. There is a little french bakery that has the best little fruit tarts La Maison Du Pain. Another fave is Bloom– I love this place because it’s about time we were offered healthier choices in our neighborhood. They do have fresh juices and I love the cleanser. Also, the owner of Bloom owns Chic Wine Bar which is awesome because it is a wine bar and their menu is pretty decent as well. Both also deliver which is also a plus. Wi Jammin is a Jamaican restaurant within walking distance from me and it’s perfect because I can get my Jamaican food fix while reminiscing about home.
What staple piece would you advise every gal to have?
KM: A really awesome statement necklace because that can dress up anything. I am big on accessories, as you can tell. I love Annie Costella Brown, Gabriela Artegis, Hoorsenbuhs. Marni usually has awesome stuff, Lanvin as well.
Tell us about your most recent shopping purchase?
In your travels, what do you find always makes it into your suitcase?
Where will you be jet-setting to next?
What are 4 things you can’t live without?
What do you remember most about your father? Which of his songs make your heart pitter patter?