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

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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  1. Barbara
    January 26, 2022 / 1:50 am

    What a great podcast. I’m so sorry for your loss, Kim. Addiction may be humanity’s worst ailment. Living with addiction turns every day into a marathon of crisis management, and when that happens, there’s no longer any room for celebrations, hobbies, holidays, or new pursuits. One wakes up exhausted, wondering what sort of catastrophe the day will bring, and hiding each new disaster from friends and family, while frantically managing the most basic survival. I wouldn’t wish addiction on anyone, but since so many people deal with it, I’m grateful to people like the two of you who discuss it out in the open. Kim, your lovely style goes all the way to your lovely soul!! God bless you for making this world a better place!!!

    • Kristen
      February 16, 2022 / 10:46 am

      Thank you so much for your comment, Barbara!

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