The creative consultant travels the world sourcing textile inspiration for clients like Oscar de la Renta and Tory Burch, as documented on her popular Instagram feed. Those looking to re-create her vibrant, more-is-more aesthetic at home can do so via her online store, Kneeland Mercado. (Photo: Jeana Sohn)
Years lived in L.A.: 13
Café hangout: Semi-Tropic, a newish coffee and tea bar in my neighborhood of Echo Park. It’s a great place to meet friends or have meetings in a low-key environment.
Style muses: I’ve always been drawn to individuals who dress for themselves and don’t follow trends too much. My forever muses include Frida Kahlo, Jane Birkin, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, Chloë Sevigny, and Kate Moss, to name a few.
Motto: Always stay true to yourself.
Hidden gem: Inaka, a really delicious Japanese restaurant that serves macrobiotic food. It’s in a very unassuming location in West Hollywood, and I visit whenever I’m craving something cozy and nourishing. Their fish soup with noodles is my absolute favorite.
Local beauty secret: I’m a fan of Alexis Smart Flower Remedies. Alexis has been blending flower remedies for 13 years, and I go to her whenever I’m feeling out of sorts, either physically or emotionally.
L.A. uniform: Either high-waisted vintage Levi’s with perfectly worn T-shirts (usually Isabel Marant or vintage) or colorful dresses, worn with heels, flats, or sneakers, depending on my mood.
Favorite shop: I love my friend Elizabeth’s vintage shop, Collection. She has an incredible eye, and I’m always scoring stellar vintage pieces like Perry Ellis pinstripe suits or the perfect Levi’s. I also love shopping at A Current Affair, the vintage shopping event that takes place twice a year. I usually buy a lot of Indian dresses there.
Place to get inspired: LACMA keeps getting better and better.
Favorite only-in-L.A. place: Hollywood Forever Cemetery is a very well-maintained and manicured cemetery that is not only the location for Cinespia, a weekend-only summertime movie screening event where Angelenos can have a picnic in the cemetery while watching epic films, but it also hosts live, intimate concerts by some of my favorite musicians and performers such as Mazzy Star and Karen O.
The best thing about living in L.A. is … being a part of a creative community that is supportive and inspiring. And the weather is tough to beat.