DAKS Introduces: A Coffee With…Friends of DAKS. Catching up over a coffee with friends of the brand, industry leaders, creatives and all round exciting individuals to find out their top tips on style and life, what makes them tick and what they love about what they do. For the first instalment of ‘A Coffee With’ DAKS has caught up with Ana Kerin, Sculptor and Artist, and Founder of KANA London to discuss inspiration, style and her love of Mexico City.
Ana Kerin is a sculptor and artist, and founder of KANA London, her ceramics project which was born fortuitously as a result of her background in fine art. Sculpting and an affinity for working with clay led Ana to wanting to apply the principles of her art work - the tactile, hand built aesthetics, the traces of fingerprints and hands on the surface - into functional ceramics.
How do you take your coffee?
Depends on the time of day, but either black or an oat milk ﬂat white.
How do you start your day in the morning?
I am trying to start each day with journaling, or yoga and meditation, or even just a walk. Then a cold shower. And coffee!
What does a normal day in your life look like?
After my morning routine, I like to sit down on the sofa and reply to personal friends and family messages. Then I have a look at work emails to prepare myself on what kind of day it's going to be, and create a plan. Usually I spend the rest of the day in the studio working with my lovely team, developing new work, glazing, catching up with clients and quite often going home for dinner before coming back for a late night in the studio. I really enjoy peaceful times in the evening when everyone is ofﬂine and time passes in a different way. This is when I can create most and work the best.
What do you wear to work?
I'm a big fan of jeans, and blazers.
Deﬁne your style in three words:
European. With a touch of retro. Yugo-nostalgia vibes. Flirting with 90's Jil Sanders / Calvin Klein.
How do you incorporate your style into your every day life / work?
I don't limit myself even if I have to do a dirty job to wear "work clothes". If I want to wear a crisp white shirt and black trousers whilst glazing, I do. I don't see a distinction, I just wear what will make me happiest that morning.
Most treasured item in your wardrobe?
A Karl Lagerfeld black blazer that I found in a charity shop for £8, and I adore.
What do you love about what you do?
I love that my work is the perfect balance for my personality, that I get to work with so many different people and spend time with clients and talking to people, but then I also get the quiet, introverted time in the studio to work on the pieces. I also love getting to know people through work and working with them on exciting projects. Making people happy because my work becomes part of their everyday rituals – this is deﬁnitely a highlight as well.