Top 5: Susan Cannon, Creative Consultant

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Here is a shot of me and the lovely and super cool Susan when we ran into each other in Nolita a couple of summers ago. She and I were both magazine editors at the same time (when it was really fun and glamorous to be one). Susan was at Jane, Elle and Marie Claire and was always just a little bit cooler and more bohemian than the rest of them (back then no one was really ‘different’). After all that she left new York and started writing and  editing for Miami Home & Design Magazine before moving to Kansas City, where she is no doubt in demand as a creative director for stores and brands like Finefolk and Asiatica. Anyway, I have always had a bit of a girl crush on Susan so I’m psyched she did this!


 1. Isabel Marant Etoile pants “This pant is one of those ‘forever’ pieces. It’s a comfy slouch style that I love, with its cool low front welt pockets, exposed button-front, and a sporty vibe.”
2. Acne Studios Scientist Sunglasses “I’m a classic aviator- style girl, but recently discovered that round frames suit this face. I love the brown lenses with the blush pink frames.”
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3. Littala Sarpaneva Cast Iron Casserole “These days I cook at home 95% of the time, and I can’t get over the beauty of this Finnish-designed cast iron pot, with its removable wooden handle so that you can pop it into the oven. Plus it’s lovely when your cooking pieces can sit out on display.”
4. Asiatica City Jacket in Patchwork Japanese Ikat and Denim “Asiatica makes beautiful clothing from vintage Japanese kimono cloth, and I love that 80% of Asiatica’s pieces are uniquely made, so not a soul on the planet will have the same garment as you.”


5. Tom Dixon Eclectic Orientalist Candle “Being a total homebody, I always have a candle burning in the house. This fragrance combo of cassis and violet leaves grounded by patchouli, amber and musk are right up my alley. Plus I’m a fan of Tom Dixon design, so finding this gorgeous candle with the brass vessel and marble lid made me happy.”



  • May 10, 2017


    I used to be art director for a city magazine in KC and knew of Susan and her career because she was consulting and working with local designers and boutiques we’d cover. I was so intimidated I never spoke to her until I’d moved on from the magazine and a mutual friend got us talking at a fundraiser. She’s so incredibly kind, laid back and brilliant I kicked myself for admiring her from afar for several years without reaching out. Now I get so excited when I see her Instagram posts of back images on occasion from her Jane days because it’s inevitably a shoot I’ve saved images from in my binders of magazine inspo. The work she’s doing now in KC is truly just as inspiring though! #totalfangirl

  • May 10, 2017


    Holy cow! Thank you, Dana! That’s crazy and so sweet. xxxooo
    And a major THANK YOU to ANDREA for her way too generous words! Honored to be featured, truly.

  • May 10, 2017

    Martine Bury

    Susan, Susan, Susan! This pic of you and Andrea warms my heart ❤️

  • May 11, 2017


    This is one of the best Top 5’s, for sure! From her tunic in the pic with you, to the pot that would look great sitting out on my stove, it’s all good!

  • May 11, 2017

    gina holmberg

    Susan is the best of the best, and KC is so blessed to have her! I literally jump at the chance to work on any project with her. Xx

  • May 13, 2017


    Big BIG fan of the fabulous Susan Cannon. We are so lucky to have her here!