Photograph by Elizabeth Atterbury
Name: Kate Smith
Location: 131 Middle St., Portland
What are you up to? Where are you off to?
I’m off to work in the garden and later, hopefully, to the bar at Evangeline
Where do you live? How long have you lived there?
West End, Portland, 2 years
Why do you live in Maine?
Lakes you can swim in, snowstorms, secret spots, and amazing people
What do you do?
Buyer, stylist, and gardener
Are you an authority/expert on any subject/skill? What?
The relationship between Maxwell Perkins and Thomas Wolfe
The most fashionable thing you own is a…
Quilted wool and leather corset
What’s your footwear?
Do you grow/hunt any of your own food?
I grow most of my own vegetables in the summer
Winter is for…
Lazing around in your underwear and wool socks
Where do you go to get away?
Tenants Harbor and New York City
Who inspires you?
Lee Bontecou, Cig Harvey, Todd Field and Serena Rathbun, Warren Seelig, Cai Guo-Chang, CSNY, Kieran Ionescu, Max Ascrizzi, Sarah Ruddy, Martin Puryear
What are you reading?
An Alphabet for Gourmets by M. F. K. Fisher
Describe your style.
I like to wear beautiful things without keeping them too precious.
Tell me about the last thing you fixed…
Cabbage with brown butter and a cup of poppy tea