December 05, 2018Fashion
Founding HAHTIE Kelsey Farrer on How HAH Inspired Her Wanderlust for Life
We’re loving this FIDM feature on one of our founding HAHTIES Kelsey Farrer, who designed and evolved our art direction and kept our social media looking fresh before heading off on an exciting new adventure: living and working abroad in Bali as a Social Media Marketing Specialist while documenting her extensive travels around Southeast Asia on her wanderlust-worthy travel blog.
She’ll always be part of the FHAHmily, and we’re eternally grateful for this talented HAHTIE’s lust for life and eye for design. We love getting to live vicariously through her colorful adventures and constantly changing horizons. She chatted with her alma mater, FIDM, about how her time at HAH HQ impacted her and inspired her to bring her globe-trotting passion to life.
"I've always been in love with travel, and I was lucky to travel a lot growing up—but there was a certain trip that really changed my perspective. In 2016, one of my best friends (and FIDM Grad) Rebecca Bunker and I decided to book a trip to Morocco, sort of on a whim...Rebecca and I had been traveling a lot for our work with HAH—from Shanghai to Sri Lanka, Miami, Paris, New York and beyond, and we knew we were good travel companions. We had both dreamt of shopping in the souks of Marrakech for textiles and lanterns, and sipping on Moroccan mint tea, so we made it happen. And it was so magical. It was the first time I had been somewhere so foreign, and so far from modern western culture—and I was in love with it. The local people, authentic foods, craftsmanship, and intricate architecture swept me off my feet."
"HAH led me to this new chapter of my life in so many ways, and I'll always be grateful for the incredible journey I got to experience with the women behind the brand. I was lucky to work and travel to many places around the world alongside HAH's Founder & CEO, Sharleen Ernster. A frequent world traveler, she has always been a huge inspiration to me. She helped me realize that anything is possible, and that you should never hold back in the pursuit of your dreams. HAH was also an incredibly eye-opening experience where my career transitioned from fashion design into graphic design, art direction, and social media marketing. These skills have become assets that are incredibly useful for travel blogging and art direction on the road."
We sure do miss having Kelsey around the office, but we are thrilled to watch her chase her dreams. Follow along Kelsey's travels on her instagram here & check out her website here.