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Carly Kuhn brings her stylish illustrations home

Carly Kuhn was working as an associate producer on Chelsea Lately and studying improv at The Groundlings school in Los Angeles when she created The Cartorialist Instagram account four years ago on a lark. “I started drawing and posting and tagging with no intention of what it would be,” she says of her early street style-inspired doodles. Befitting a fashion fairy tale, it was Sarah Jessica Parker who turned things around, reposting a drawing Kuhn did of the actor. “That’s when the commissions started coming in,” the artist says.

Since then, Kuhn—whose elegantly meandering style harks to the line drawings of Jean Cocteau and Picasso—has lent her modish scrawl to collaborations with the likes of Prada, Dior, Glossier and Barneys New York. Recently she’s turned her eye to the home space: leaving her mark on ceramics as part of a new collection with Chairish which includes paintings and drawings. Also in the works: a wallpaper line with Hancock Design, a wine label in collaboration with Broc Cellars and a project with happening hotel mini-chain NoMad. “I attribute a lot of this to my improv comedy days…It gave me confidence to do something and put it out into the abyss,” says Kuhn. “I’m open to everything.” cartorialist.com.

Photography by RAINIER HOSCH.