Over 150 years ago my great-great-grandfather Tattersall invented the pattern that has become known as the Tattersall Plaid. When his grandson (my grandfather) Tattersall immigrated to the US in the 1920’s from England, he ran textile mills. By the time I was born the intrigue for fabric, style, and design had been seeping into my DNA for generations.
After college in 1984 it seemed like a fun idea to accept a part-time job selling for Ralph Lauren – though I could never have foreseen how that decision would shape the next 23 years of my life. As it happened, during my tenure with Polo, I worked and/or visited nearly every Ralph Lauren store in the world – from New York to Tokyo, Moscow to London, Buenos Aires to Kansas City, I learned how Mr. Lauren’s sense of style could be interpreted to fit within different cultures. I saw how something could be so perfect in Dubai, yet with a little twist work as well in Cannes or Charleston or Sydney.
From 1994-1998 fate found me in Florence, Italy, where I took a brief hiatus from Polo to work for Cole-Haan, ( I returned to Polo when I moved back to New York in 1998). My Italian years made a definite stylistic impression on me: the building I worked in was built in the fifteen century – while the building I lived in was erected in the sixteenth; all things Renaissance became a part of me.
And now, having lived on Maui since 2007, I design home and business interiors with a style called “World Collection.” My approach to design combines 1) all that I learned from Mr. Lauren, 2) what I experienced during my Italian years, and 3) what came down through my bloodlines – all to create spaces that are warm while at the same time unique and one-of-a-kind for my clients.