The stylish trio behind Austin’s magical bungalow that’s filled with whimsical wallpapers and beautiful textiles from around the world.
Callie Jenschke, Kim West and Kristin Gish
I love that when I wear my Mi Golondrina, I feel like I am on vacation, even if I am just sitting at work,” Kristin says. “The intricacies of the pieces and the love and attention to detail that is poured into each one, makes it feel so special to wear.
Entering into the 1940s-era navy blue bungalow that is Supply showroom on Austin’s buzzing Lake Austin Boulevard is to walk into a beautiful world filled with whimsical wallpapers, bold textiles, stunning rugs, and glamorous lighting fixtures that are sourced from artists and designers from around the world.
To be there and to see what’s on display is a lesson in what’s fresh in global design. Amongst the well-appointed walls are vibrant leather swatches from Australia, plush fabrics from Italy, and glamorous lighting from the UK. Supply is the creation of three style setters in their own rights, interior designers Kim West and Callie Jenschke, and former handbag designer Kristin Gish, who came together to make a space to showcase their favorite indie lines, many of which were brought to Texas for the first time ever by Supply.
The uber chic trio (who is usually clad in different shades of an enviable lip color) has played host to Mi Golondrina for 2 Austin trunks shows, and we love the way each girl brings a totally different styling approach to how they wear Mi Golondrina. “Cristina is inspiring to all of us in many ways. You can just feel her love and commitment in the collection,” Kim, who worked for high fashion houses in NYC, like Marc Jacobs and Jil Sander before moving to Austin, says.
The Supply girls never travel without packing a few Mi Golondrina pieces in one of their stylish suitcases. For Kim, it’s all about the white tuxedo shirt, paired with printed pants, while Kristin wears her Mi Golondrina/Mark D. Sikes collaboration embroidered skirt, and Callie completes the look of her olive tuxedo shirt with high-waisted jeans.
“I love that when I wear my Mi Golondrina, I feel like I am on vacation, even if I am just sitting at work,” Kristin says. “The intricacies of the pieces and the love and attention to detail that is poured into each one, makes it feel so special to wear.” The Supply girls continue to spread their vision for elevated, playful, and just plain happy design across the state, with reps in Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio. Kim says: “We hope to champion the little guy and to show the most special pieces available in independent design today.”
What was your first creative project as a child?
Kim West: Decorating a dollhouse that my mother and I picked out in Windsor, England (it has wallpaper in every room). Every now and then, she would let me skip school, and we would hop on the train from London and visit all the adorable dollhouse shops.
Kristin Gish: I was involved in anything acting or singing related—choirs, musicals, voice lessons…you name it, and I did it!
Callie Jenschke: Music was my first creative outlet as a child. I started singing in my mom's children's choir and began piano lessons at age four.
Callie, you’ve worked for the ultimate stylist Martha Stewart and styled shoots for all the big magazines, while Kim, you globe trotted for fashion houses like Jil Sander, and Kristin you had your own handbag line. Each of you brings such a different skill set to Supply, how do you describe your style individually?
KW: Layered and merry—mixing colors, prints, and always a little shine.
KG: My style is pretty bold and colorful, yet traditional in a lot of ways. I prefer tailored looking furniture, but still having a space feel current and timeless, without feeling dated.
CJ: Global, eclectic, and modern.
Who has been the most influential woman in your life?
KW: My mother—of course! She is a dynamo, so full of life. Everyone loves Mona.
KG: Besides my mother who will always be my number one, it would also be my mother-in-law Rena Pederson. She raised two boys and still worked so hard. She was the editor-in-chief of the Dallas Morning News and is now an accomplished author and public speaker. She somehow managed to do it all with grace. She is extremely inspiring.
CJ: My mom. She showed me how to follow your passions and to believe that I was capable of doing anything I put my mind to.
What’s a big moment that helped define the woman you are today?
KW: Having my first baby — everything changed, in a way I feel like I became even more myself than ever before.
KG: I have to say opening and being a part Supply! I have had a lot of learning curves professionally over the years and finally being able to collaborate with Kim and Callie to create something truly unique and successful has been very defining for me.
CJ: Moving to NYC when I was 21. Having to figure out how to survive, as an adult in that crazy town will put some hair on your chest!
What do you love about living in Austin?
KW: I love the community. Austin has a real soul. People care for others and show their support in so many ways. I hope that spirit rubs off on my kids.
KG: What's not to love? Its creative energy keeps me buzzing. It captures how I felt living in NYC, but with a more laid back easy-going vibe.
CJ: I love the access to nature, the outdoor lifestyle, the killer music scene, and of course, the super cool people.
All of you have taken a lot of amazing trips. What are your three favorite hotels design wise right now?
KW: Soho Beach House in Miami, Hotel Saint Marc in Paris and Villa Tre Ville in Positano
KG: Hotel Emma in San Antonio, The Amangani in Jackson Hole, and The Goring in London.
CJ: Eden Locke in England, Room Mate in Milan, and Casa Flora in Venice.
What are the three things you never travel without?
KW: Something sparkly, a denim jacket, and a good book.
KG: I always have a good hat, sunnies, and my jean jacket!
CJ: Olio E Osso balm, headphones, and a pair of running shoes.
I am always inspired by travel! Most recently my husband and I took a trip to Lyford Cay in the Bahamas, and the mix of colors and patterns there were truly insane. It was an explosion of happiness.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
KW: Strolling down a perfect Caribbean beach at sunset with my little family.
KG: To have healthy kids on a perfect beach surrounded by friends and family (with a good margarita in hand, of course)!
CJ: Face down in water snorkeling in the Caribbean, or cycling up a steep mountain.
What talent would you most like to have?
KW: I admire so many artists from fine arts to performing arts that I wish I had more talent in that area.
KG: I wish I could just pick up a guitar and play.
CJ: I would love to be able to sew my own clothes.
How do you get out of a creative rut?
KW: Take a break and come back to it. Or, by reading, traveling, and visiting places that inspire.
KG: Sometimes it's good to just walk away for a little and let things marinate. In the end, just go with your gut, and that's usually the right choice.
CJ: Take a nice long bike ride.
It doesn't matter if I'm running errands or headed to a party, I always look put together when I'm wearing Mi Golondrina!
What do you value the most in a friend?
KW: Loyalty and a sense of joie de vivre.
KG: I value honesty, loyalty and keeping it real. With me, what you see is what you get!
CJ: Dedication, an instilled sense of fun and kindness.
What are some current sources of inspiration?
KW: I'm obsessed with Australian and European interiors magazines.
KG: I am always inspired by travel! Most recently my husband and I took a trip to Lyford Cay in the Bahamas, and the mix of colors and patterns there were truly insane. It was an explosion of happiness.
CJ: Travel always, and then Instagram (when I can't afford to travel).
What three wallpapers or fabrics are you most into at Supply right now?
KW: Voutsa’s Maude Wallpaper, Kreme Flowers Wallpaper, and Eskayel Felidae.
KG: The Kreme wallpaper line we carry for its painterly/watercolor feel. I also love the new Electra Eggleston fabrics, as they tell many stories and the new Elworthy Studio fabric and wallpapers.
CJ Walls, Maison C, and Luru Home.
How do you style your MG pieces?
KW: Mixing them with prints, fun shoes, and layered pieces.
KG: I wear Mi Golondrina all the time, so it’s hard to pick just one. When I am on vacation, I live in it! So, it always makes me think of being happy at the beach with my family.
CJ: The best thing about it for me is that it doesn't matter if I'm running errands or headed to a party, I always look put together when I'm wearing Mi Golondrina!