Q&A: Kate Lawson of Menagerie in Strafford

The local jewelry designer talks accessories and names Kate Middleton as the style icon of her Main Line boutique.

Photo by Jared CastaldiKate Lawson, 30, Berwyn
Owner, Menagerie, Eagle Village Shops, Strafford


Her style: Timeless and classic, with one accessory that tells a story. “I don’t let accessories clutter my outfits. One or two is all you need.”

Go-to casual outfit for fall: Wool leggings with my chocolate-brown riding boots and a cashmere cable-knit sweater. “I’d accessorize it with a jean snakeskin doctor bag and Italian lapis earrings.”

Favorite designers: Catherine Malandrino, Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan. “Joe’s are my jeans staple.”

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Her splurge: Cocktail attire. “I own an Oscar de la Renta cocktail dress inspired by Carrie Bradshaw.”

 

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Family ties: “My husband is from the Main Line, and I’ve fallen in love with the people and the young energy of the community. I’m from Manhasset, Long Island. It’s a very preppy, classic town. I see a lot of Manhasset on the Main Line. It’s a homey feeling for me.”

Royal aspirations: “Kate Middleton is the style icon for Menagerie. She’s made it so that it’s OK to re-wear an outfit—all you need to do is change your accessories.”

Things that sparkle and shine: “I’ve been a jewelry designer for the past five years. My work has semiprecious stones, but it’s versatile; you can wear it with jeans and boots, or a little black dress. Most people have a shoe closet; I have a jewelry closet.”

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