At the time I believe she had just dyed her hair turquoise, we were at a fondue party at our friend Sarah's house and I knew I had just met a new friend. Over the next few months I got to know Kendall for the amazing creative, talented human being she is. Not only is she stylish, but she is an unbelievable illustrator, she has the cutest dog for a pet and is one of the most genuine and kind people I have ever known.
Today I am elated to share a close friend of mine and someone I suggest you pay close attention to. When it comes to creativity and originality, Kendall is Queen. With a rising career in illustration as a new resident of New York City, Kendall is about to introduce us to Nue Magazine and a whole new experience when it comes to fashion publications.
KL: Hi, Emilie! My name is Kendall D. Lock. I’m originally from Auburn, AL, although I currently live in New York City. I’m a freelance fashion illustrator and Editor-in-Chief of Nue Magazine.
SIS: You’re an incredible illustrator, when did you realize you wanted to pursue that art form as a career?
KL: Thank you so much! I originally went to the Savannah College of Art and Design to study photography. Luckily, SCAD requires students to fully explore the traditional arts during foundation courses. In my first day of classes, something inside me clicked and I fell so overwhelmingly in love with drawing. Illustration was a natural progression from that moment!
KL: Everywhere! The reason I started doing fashion illustration was that I often found myself referring to collections and editorials for inspiration. I also snap pictures of anything that seems visually interesting: fabric prints, flowers, signs, shop windows.
SIS: You moved from Savannah to New York City, what do you miss most about Savannah and what do you love most about New York?
KL: There’s a mysticism in Savannah that’s very intoxicating, and I miss sitting in the squares at night.
New York is energetic, buzzing, alive. I love all of it! I’m still in the honeymoon phase. I even romanticize the giant piles of trash I pass on my morning walk with my dog.
SIS: Name three of your favorite designers and three of your favorite places to shop.
KL: Jun Takashi (Undercover), Miuccia Prada (Prada, Miu Miu), and Sarah Burton (Alexander McQueen.)
Lately, my favorite places to shop are Zara, NastyGal, and Pixie Market!
SIS: Introduce Nue Magazine – what is it going to be, why do we need it in our lives and when can we get our hands on the first issue?
KL: Nue Magazine will be connecting the line between fashion blogging and the traditional fashion publication. We focus on street style and how fashion is translated from the runway to your closet. It’s hard to see a garment on the catwalk and understand how that trend will transition into your wardrobe. Our reader is young, hip, intelligent: a millennial who strives for individuality, for a conscience and personality in the anonymous world of fashion, for beautiful clothes she can actually afford. Basically, I’m creating the magazine I’ve always craved. We launch in June and we will be sold in major cities across the US (as well as online!)
SIS: Nue Magazine is launching soon and you are Editor-in-Chief. What can everyone look forward to reading in June?
KL: We have such beautiful content planned! The summer issue being our debut is a blessing, because we want it to be like a breath of fresh air. We are going to have the best trends and street style of the season, as well as some fantastic (but secret!) blogger contributions and editorials by Lia Clay and Nikki Krecicki.
SIS: How is Nue going to stand out against all of the other magazine publications?
KL: I think its design is what makes it so captivating. I’m pushing art on every page, even in subtle ways. We’re inundated with images through social media. I think art has become more powerful, more mesmerizing for readers. We’re treating the reader like a friend.
We don’t want to sell you an elitist dream; we want you to live your dream now, on your budget, in your style. We promise to tell you if socks with sandals really is a good idea or not (It is. Trust us!)