Who is Kandace Anderson?
Cut to a seven year old little brown girl in pig tails with barrettes knocking at her cheeks. She pulls out a pen, one of her Dad’s legal pads and a spare keyboard. After setting up on the stairs of her family home, her office, she gets to “work”.
This has always been me. I love working. It’s how I play. I love solving problems. I (have learned to) love being the captain of a ship with a mission. I believe there is no space women can’t occupy, even women in the making!
Why did I launch Departmynt?
I’m 5’3 and a 36G with a short torso and a small fortune in her trunk. Shopping for clothing for me is so complicated! On top of that my personal style is a mix of new & old, florals & graphic prints, torn jeans & tailored skirts. Finding a piece I love is finding a needle in a hay stack. But it shouldn’t be for me or any other woman. We deserve to spend more time looking and feeling great instead of trying to find great pieces.
Now as a person living with depression, even on proper medication I still have bad days. I’ve learned to keep a go-to list of things that help me curb the start of a bad day. “Wear something you like to see yourself in” is on that list and I practice it often. Feeling like “me” in my clothing is a must; it’s an instant confidence booster. But there have been times I’ve opened my closet and seen so little that resembled how I saw myself. I’ve walked into the world a different person. What a downer. We ain’t having no more of that! You with me?
Feeling like “me” in my clothing is a must; it’s an instant confidence booster. But there have been times I’ve opened my closet and seen so little that resembled how I saw myself.
I have a proven eye for design and understanding an individual’s personal style. It’s just in me. My work in interior design centered around me bringing a person’s personality to their home or office. I often executed on those visions by evaluating my client’s style. I’d pick up on the colors, prints and textures they wore. It was important I had an idea of how my client saw themselves so that I could create spaces they could comfortably inhabit. To this day if you show me a few of your favorite looks or pieces I can call out a decent summary of your home, or vice versa. It’s my party trick!
More importantly, I care for and support women. Departmynt is a marriage of my passions, background and the joy I find in improving women’s quality of life. This is the next chapter in my life’s journey. It’s simply what I must do now.
If my style were a song, what song would it be?
Electric Lady by Janelle Monae
If my style were a person, who would it be?
Tracee Ellis Ross singing Electric Lady lol
What is my go-to piece or look?
Big hoop earrings and a graphic tee