Have you met our newest Team Member yet? Kelly Diaz, Anchal's new Operations & Brand Coordinator, wears many hats in the office from inventory management to storyboarding a photo-shoot to designing new organizational systems. Kelly answers a few questions about herself and encourages us to be corny!
1. What is the thing you’re most looking forward to about working at Anchal?
Finding Anchal after moving to Louisville was amazing! I love to do something creative, something challenging and something I believe in. Anchal offers the opportunity to do all three. I feel really lucky to be a part of a young company with goals that include empowering women AND using design and education as a catalyst for positive change.
I’m most excited about all the creative challenges and opportunities to come. Seeing Dyescape grow, and rolling out that project locally is something I’m really passionate about. I’m also really looking forward to seeing the Fall collection and our new website up!
2. You’re originally from New York, what brought you to Louisville?
My husband and I moved mainly because we wanted to have a piece of land of our own, maybe even a small farm. We’ve worked on organic farms in the past and had the dream to own a place ourselves, within commuting distance to our “city jobs” – which is a LOT more expensive in New York. Then my husband got a job at a lighting company in Madison, Wisconsin, which was ultimately training for a role here in Louisville. We came to visit Louisville before moving and thought, “Alright, this is cute – let’s go for it!
3. If you could have dinner with anyone – past/present, alive/dead – who would it be?
I just read an interview with Iris Apfel and I love her confidence and how true she is to herself and her individuality. One thing that really touched me was her advice on living a happy life:
"Live fully. Experience everything you can. It is important to love and be loved, to share, to learn, and then to impart any wisdom you can to others. Be charitable. It sounds corny, but nothing is so corny as the truth. Nobody uses corny anymore, do they? Shame. It was a good word."
How can you not love her?!
4. What do you like to jam to at the office?
I am honestly on the phone too much to jam in the office, but on the way to work (and home) I jam out to the local old-school hip hop radio station!
5. What is one thing you would go back and tell your eighteen-year-old self if you could?
A bunch! Nothing I would want in print here!
6. Who is a woman who inspires you?
Kiki Smith – she is one of my favorite artists. She has a way of translating emotion, and feeling, these intangible things, and into something corporeal in her work. It’s incredible and personal and human. I love it.
7. And finally, if you could design any change in the world, what would it be?
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