My Style: Kim Jackson


Born and raised in South Africa, Jackson has lived in Atlanta for 12 years but stays closely connected to her home country. Since 2010, she has been creative director for Carrol Boyes, a tabletop and furniture design line (they call it “functional art”) that’s based in Cape Town but sold all over the world. Jackson, who lives with her husband and daughter in Sandy Springs, travels the globe as a stylist and brand consultant. She’s also an ambassador for Monkeybiz, a nonprofit that generates income for hundreds of artists who create colorful beaded animals and dolls in Cape Town’s poverty-stricken townships.

Jackson at Yebo, a South African restaurant owned by her friend Justin Anthony.
Jackson at Yebo, a South African restaurant owned by her friend Justin Anthony.

Photograph by Alex Martinez

Design icons Eames, Carine Roitfeld, Diana Vreeland; I love the new designers Marcel Wanders and Tom Dixon.

Favorite artists Anish Kapoor, William Kentridge, Picasso, and Annie Leibovitz.

Fashion designers I am especially into Carven and Acne at the moment.

Must-have piece of clothing right now Giant woolen printed blankets that I double up and use as scarves when it gets cold.

Last purchase A silk dress from a little boutique, Albertine, in the West Village in New York.

Personal style Buying interesting pieces that aren’t fads. High-quality and luxe fabrics. I wear a lot of chunky rings from Monica Castiglioni and Philippa Green, and a Chanel ring from my late mother that I never take off.

Never leave home without Perfume and unusual statement sunglasses. (Right now I’m wearing Illesteva.)

Local inspiration Walking around Chastain golf course. I get to clear my head and dream up ideas as I walk.

Atlanta shops Deka, Jeffrey, Scott Antique Market, Sugarboo.

Guilty pleasure Small-batch ice cream.

Atlanta restaurants Yebo, Sushi Nami, and Bacchanalia.

Trend you’re loving Ethical shopping.

Local beauty spots Hammond Nails in Buckhead—Lee and Nikki are superb. For hair, Sidney at Salon Vagabond and Rudy at Mosaic. The best Brazilian blowouts are at Barry Rollan Studio.

Social media Instagram—follow me @eyethroughakeyhole.

Local spot to relax Juicy Jenny. It’s such a happy vibe and the perfect end to a Saturday yoga class.

Pet My Morkie dog, Coco.

Shoes They are my weakness. Chanel, Helmut Lang, Isabel Marant, Céline, Givenchy, Prada, Miu Miu—basically anything at Jeffrey or Barneys online.

Trend you’re over Nail art.

Travel destinations Cape Town, Mykonos, Turks and Caicos, Thailand.

Everyday outfit For directing a photo shoot: jeans, a super-soft Alternative T-shirt, cool flats, and my rings. For meetings: black trousers, wool peacoat or biker jacket, and boots. Always a great bag.

Best gig ever Working with Kelly Hoppen [a British interior designer] redoing British Airways’ first-class cabins. They flew me from London to New York on weekends to get ideas on how to improve the experience.

Causes Monkeybiz, of course. Also Susan G. Komen and the Pink Ribbon Story Foundation. [Jackson lost her mother to breast cancer in 2010; she herself is a survivor.]

Shop notes

Photograph courtesy of Carrol Boyes
Photograph courtesy of Carrol Boyes

Carrol Boyes is something of a family business: Boyes was the life partner of Jackson’s late mother. Large “embrace vase,” $650,

Photograph courtesy of Monkeybiz
Photograph courtesy of Monkeybiz

Kim also inherited a cause from her artist mother, who was a cofounder of Monkeybiz. Medium porcupine, $111,

This article originally appeared in our December 2014 issue.