My Style: Kate Atwood, executive director of ChooseATL

She’s all about giving back to the Atlanta community
Kate Atwood
Atwood’s go-to look: a new pair of jeans, a DVF blouse, and some sexy slingbacks

Photograph by Ben Rollins

Kate Atwood’s style is like her job: It’s versatile and makes its own rules. As the first executive director of the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s ChooseATL program, the 39-year-old is all about community impact. Currently on her desk is the launch of THEA (“The A”), the first city-based video streaming platform. Basically it’s like a YouTube channel with videos made exclusively by Atlanta’s talent. The app will launch next month at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas. Atwood, who was nominated for the Diane Von Furstenberg People’s Voice Award last year, moonlights as the founder of Kate’s Club, a nonprofit supporting grieving children, which turns 15 this May with a gala at Loews Atlanta Hotel.

Home Turf
Poncey-Highland. It’s perfect for me to be on a borderline: Ponce is grit, and the Highland is grace.

Style Influences
I have a lot of people who lend a hand, including my favorite local stylist Lillian Charles and the amazing team at DVF, who help me for special events. I feel my style can be summed up in one word: evolving.

Dressing the Part
Suits are not my thing, but sometimes I have to be “boardroom ready” to meet with business leaders, so I get creative with skirts and tops to feel more fancy.

City Love
Atlanta should be getting way more cred in the fashion space than it does. Whether it’s an inventor like Sara Blakely and Spanx; wardrobe stylists to the stars like Renaldo Nehemiah; designers like Megan Huntz; or the brilliant, budding students at SCAD, Atlanta is a provenance of style and fashion.

Meeting Spot
Currently, Spiller Park Coffee in the morning. Krog Bar is a fave in the evening after work.

Can’t Live Without
Jeans. My favorite brands are Paige and AG.

Shop Talk
Urban Cottage in Virginia-Highland. Best place in the city to get gifts for your friends. I never leave without a good candle.

Kate Atwood THEA
THEA app

Photograph courtesy of ChooseATL

The THEA app is the first streaming platform featuring exclusively Atlanta creators.

This article originally appeared in our February 2018 issue.