August 8, 2015 • PEOPLE

Please Meet: Kaminer Haislip

 

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A couple of years ago Garden & Gun included Kaminer Haislip, a Charleston, South Carolina-based silversmith in their “Best of Southern Design” issue.

Reese saw the write up, which featured Kaminer’s beautiful handmade silver coffee pot, tore out the page, and saved it knowing that one day she had to meet Kaminer and see her work in person. So when looking for artisans to contribute to Draper James, Reese knew just where to go.

For Draper James, Kaminer has created a handmade limited edition sterling silver bowl in the shape of our favorite flower, the magnolia. Without question, it’s a future heirloom.

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Want to know more about Kaminer? She answered our Draper James Seven—seven questions that define a Southern style maker. Read on to see what she had to say.

1. What is your favorite Southern city?

Charleston, where I live, is my favorite Southern city. The sense of history and place with its distinctive architecture paired with a contemporary, forward thinking creative community has made me feel right at home. Charleston also has a rich history of silversmithing—I like to think that by living here I am carrying on the tradition

2. Favorite Southern restaurant?
Husk in Charleston blends traditional Southern foods with contemporary dining in a spectacular way! I love how the locally based menu is always changing to reflect the season.

3. Favorite Southern tradition?
Fall is my favorite time of year in the South and with the fall comes Southern oyster roasts—my favorite tradition!

4. Sweet tea or unsweetened?
I like my tea “half and half” as we call it in the South—half sweet and half unsweet tea.

5. Cowboy boots or heels?
Cowboy boots for sure! I am all about comfort, especially since I am on my feet for long hours in my studio working.

6. How do you describe Southern style?
My definition of Southern style (for both men and women) is always being put together and knowing how to dress appropriately for any occasion.

7. Describe your style.
My style is a mixture of a classic look with a contemporary twist.