Episode 14: Banana Republic art director Kim Mitchell on her dream job, addiction, and loss

Last Updated on October 10, 2020 by Kristen

Kim Mitchell

Kim Mitchell of J’Adore Couture

Turning 50 is not what it used to be, and this week’s podcast guest, Kim Mitchell, proves that in spades. Incredibly stylish, ageless, and radiant, Kim is a style blogger and Banana Republic’s art director. We met about a decade ago when we both had fashion blogs (she still publishes hers!), often running into each other at events in San Francisco.  

For the interview, we spoke from our respective quarantines, she in San Francisco in her studio apartment and me at home with the family in Pacifica. Kim talks about how she worked her way up the ranks to land her dream job, her thoughts on turning 50 later this year, and we also discuss some of the challenges she has navigated in recent years, including her experiences in the workplace as a minority, and the tragic loss of her husband of seven years.  

Kim is also one of the friendliest and kindest people I’ve met in the fashion industry (or anywhere). She’s one of those people who always greets you with a smile, is easy to laugh with, and who you can tell is attentively listening when you’re talking, which is such a rare and wonderful trait in a human being. So I’m really excited for you all to get to know her!

Audio editing by Sofija Jovanov

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