30 Days of Artists: Kendra Scott’s Guardian Angel Takes Flight

Kendra ScottFor the fifth consecutive year, Kendra Scott and her team have created two astonishingly beautiful pieces for Art Bra® Austin. The Austin-based designer, who founded her self-titled jewelry collection in 2002 with $500 in the spare bedroom of her home, remarks on how Art Bra Austin is a unique event not only from an artistic standpoint, but for what it does to help the local breast cancer community.

“My dear friend Holley Kitchen suffered from metastatic breast cancer, and passed away this past year,” explains Kendra. “She was a wife, a mother and a loyal friend, but above all she was an inspiration. She turned the fight of her life into a powerful message and inspired thousands across the country. She is one reason I am passionate about giving back to support services directly affecting the breast cancer community as well as breast cancer research and awareness.”

Today, Kendra Scott is a multi-million-dollar business loved globally, with a focus on family, fashion and philanthropy. In the last 12 months alone, Kendra Scott has donated $1 million and 50,000 pieces of jewelry while working with over 1,000 local and national organizations. Kendra’s designs tell a story through the custom details influenced by her love of travel, architecture, people and cultures. She is continually searching for ways to get involved and give back to her community. In her own words…“At Kendra Scott, we live by the belief that we always have something to give, and Art Bra Austin is a cause dear to my own heart.”

Every Art Bra submitted by Kendra Scott is assembled by hand by one of her talented designers, and is truly one-of-a-kind. We are beyond grateful for her continued and generous support and we’re delighted to share more details about her contributions for this year’s show!

Holley Kitchen Memorial Art Bra

Holley Kitchen Memorial Art Bra

“The Holley Kitchen Memorial Bra”

Kendra’s love and adoration for her late friend, Holley Kitchen, shines through in this piece, her most intricate design yet for Art Bra Austin. Throughout her battle, Holley served as an inspiration not only to Kendra, but to women diagnosed with breast cancer across the country. In a home-video that went viral, reaching over 52 million views, Holley aimed to educate people about Stage IV breast cancer and in turn, sparked a global conversation around what it means to live with a metastatic disease.

To memorialize Holley in the grandest way possible, Kendra chose to incorporate 500 opulent custom-cut stones in her art bra’s design. The bra and accompanying wings are embellished with ivory, mother-of-pearl, iridescent drusy, and iridescent slate. The design on the cups resembles angel wings because Kendra believes Holley is free now of the worry and pain that came with her diagnosis, and watches over us from a much better place.


“Chain Effect”

When Kendra Scott’s team began designing this art bra, their concept was to create a high-fashion expression of our Summer 2016 Collection, which is inspired by the iconic seaside and effortless style of the French Riviera. Their concept grew into this elaborate French couture inspired design….in Kendra’s words, “I absolutely love the result!”

Every feature of this Art Bra was handcrafted in Kendra Scott’s design studio in Austin, Texas. The bra is a combination of editorial pieces from their Summer 2016 Collection and custom features designed especially for this Art Bra design.

The “Chain Effect” bra includes a custom belt, shoulder pieces, and accessories (necklace, brooch, earrings, rings & bracelets.) All the accessories included in this design are editorial pieces from our Summer 2016 collection.

Visit the official Kendra Scott website to check out more of her jewelry collection.
To read more about Holley Kitchen and her impact on the metastatic community, read her spotlight story on A Story Half Told.



All art bras will be auctioned off at BCRC’s signature charity event to raise funds to support local women affected by breast cancer. To learn more about Art Bra Austin, visit www.artbraaustin.org

Art Bra photography generously provided by Flashbax23.

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